In his upcoming exhibition at FIG, Jeffrey O’Connell will be showing altered photographs which he has been creating during the last decade or so alongside the paintings and drawings he is more widely known for. Followers of O’Connell’s work over the years will immediately recognize his painterly vocabulary. His altered photographs relate directly to his other work, providing new clues to how the artist thinks and creates. Although much smaller in scale, these altered photo pieces match the boldness and power of O’Connell’s signature large-scale abstractions. They also relate directly to his explorations with abstracted figuration. At the same time they also are connected to the dark ambiguousness of his self-described “Black Period.” O’Connell’s photo works are bursting with humor, intelligence, experimentation, relaxed formality and playful serendipity.