William J. O'Brien, American, b. 1975 Untitled, 2008 Enamel, fabric, cardboard, and plaster on canvas Appro×imately 69 × 83 × 6 in. (175.3 × 210.8 × 15.2 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Nancy and David Frej, 2018.15
Short A sculpture resembling an irregular trellis leans against a white wall. The sculpture is covered in string or yarn in shades of green, blue, white, red, and orange, as if encased in colorful spiderwebs.
Long Six ceramic pieces shaped like bowls and pots are stacked on top of one another like a totem pole. Each pot has a different texture with paint that bleeds down to rough textures. The pigments from the top down are gray, red, yellow/blue, gray, gold/black, yellow/crimson/black, and black with gold accents. Each pot gets smaller as it goes to the top. Each pot also rests on a flat circular base separating it from the next level. The pots are balanced on a rod that ends in a circular piece of aqua blue textured ceramic while sitting on a large, black, square base with triangular and circular accented shapes going around the trim.