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
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.
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.