Cackle Cackle Rackle
Tara Jane ONeil & Vanessa Renwick
present an exhibition of drawings, photos, neon, video and scratch.
**PLUS** - Live musical performance by Tara Jane Oneil accompanied by the video projections of Vanessa Renwick
Vanessa Renwick is a Portland Oregon based filmmaker and the founder/ janitor of The Oregon Department of Kick Ass (odoka.org). Renwick’s 33 films and installations have screened internationally at sites such as The Andy Warhol Museum, MOMA/NY, The Bread and Puppet Theatre and the Kill Your Timid Notion Festival in Dundee, Scotland. She has worked and toured for many years with Bill Daniel and has also worked with Miranda July, Sleater Kinney, and William T. Vollmann. “Patriot Act", an installation concerning the USA Patriot Act and libraries, has found a resting place in the hallowed Prelinger Library in S.F.
Tara Jane ONeil has been dropping sounds and sights all over the northern hemisphere for the last 16 years. Her paintings and drawings have exhibited in NYC, Tokyo, London, Barcelona, Chicago, Portland, Toronto, and Louisville. Her art has also appeared on several record and book covers and in numerous publications, including Punk Planet, Venus, Plan B, Copper Press, Magnet, The Wire, and others. Two books of her artwork have been published: Who Takes A Feather (Map Press, Japan, 2003) and Wings. Strings. Meridians: A Blighted Bestiary (Yeti, 2007.)
As a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tara Jane ONeil creates melodic and experimental music under her own moniker and in collaboration with other artists, bands, and filmmakers. Her musical career started at the tender age of 19, when she played bass in the influential Louisville, KY, art punk ensemble Rodan. She has since collaborated with Papa M, Ida, Mirah, Michael Hurley, Jackie-O Motherfucker, among others, and has released five solo records under her own name. She has also scored soundtracks for films, theater, and performances, including work commissioned for CalArts and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since 2003 she has lived in Portland, Oregon. She works from her garage studio or the back of moving vehicles.