Since 1982 I have used TV and video imagery samples as found objects to repurpose, constructing what i call "narratives from appropriated material." I consider my product much closer to poetry or painting, than to film or TV.
My videos have been exhibited and screened at various cult venues, as well as the Hershhorn Museum of Art in Washington D.C., and both Lincoln Center and the Anthology Film Archive in N.Y. City, performing with the multi media audio-visual collective known as rev.99. I have twice been included in The Village Voice “Best Of,” which refers to my “feverishly edited encyclopedically strange video collages” as “ lively rivers, a liquid experience”. Stating that “his editing is so hyper-intuitive that the culture shocks and time warps gel into a state of half vertigo and half trance.
"O'Finn, living like a post apocalyptic caveman...is like a madman watching and cheering at the collapse of the media machine.“ Madeleine Gallagher - Curator and proffesor, Mass College of Art.
"Donald O’Finn’s “TV Dreams” - a never ending series ... featuring the most tripped out and intelligent re-cuts of movie clips, commercials, and various other resources you can imagine. I have wrote about these masterpieces ... and seeing them again just re-affirms just how amazing this artist is on so many mashed up levels. His work provides a superb example of the mashup as de-contextualizing the medium from the message in order to re-contextualize a mindful imagination." Openacademic.org
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