Carmon Colangelo’s O LAND O, a limited edition portfolio of prints with an edition of 15 copies (7 recto-verso prints on Kitakata paper and in a custom archival portfolio with cover and colophon pages), was recently purchased by the St. Louis Museum of Art. The prints were created at Flying Horse Editions in collaboration with Theo Lotz and Larry Cooper. The portfolio was on view at Bruno David Gallery in the exhibition titled “Seven Days in O Land O” from January 27 to March 3, 2012.
“Seven Days in O Land O” offered the viewers with the current phenomenon of globalization and the disappearance of local culture and the gradual homogenization of American life. Inspired by a seven-day trip in Orlando, it was originally conceived to be seven interrelated, recto-verso prints that could be bound together and folded in a sequence that is suggestive of a road map. Synthesizing images, texts, notations and manipulated drawings, they also incorporate abstract maps, Disneyesque images and generic hotel floor plans that suggest modern and post-modern cities. In method and concept, “O Land O” is a pastiche and amalgamation. While related, however, these prints are far from homogeneous. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Katherine Van Uum and Theo Lotz was published in March 2012.