I studied painting and architecture in college. I liked the immediacy of painting, the physical act, and I loved the history of painting. But I also liked the rigid, unforgiving exactitude of architecture. I liked the complicated, interlocking systems and I liked the difficulty and precision required of mathematical physics. Learning structural engineering was like learning a new language.
I wanted to be a painter and an architect. I wanted to do both, simultaneously.
My work is still driven by such juxtapositions – the physical and the temporal, the flesh and the soul, the past and present. My work (and life) is an extended attempt to find poetry and meaning in these divergent tensions.
Represented in New York and London by Lalaland Artists.
Andrew Ondrejcak is a unique artist working in the intersection of film, art and performance.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Andrew studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and, later, playwriting at Brooklyn College under Mac Wellman and Vito Acconci. His work with experimental theater led him to a career in art direction and production design in the fashion industry where he became known for bold, large-scale environmental installations. He has been the creative director of special projects for Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Phillip Lim, New York Fashion Week, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Vogue Italia, among others.
He has collaborated on short films and music videos with Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Shepherd Fairey, Rufus Wainwright, Darren Criss and choreographer Kyle Abraham.
Andrew’s theatrical works have been presented at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; The Kampnagel, Hamburg; and in New York at The Kitchen, BAM Harvey Theater, The Public Theater in Under the Radar Festival and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process as curated by Robert Wilson.
In 2010, he reperformed the work of Marina Abramović in The Artist is Present at MoMA and in 2012, he performed in “the event of a thread” by Ann Hamilton at the Park Avenue Armory.
Artist Residencies include MacDowell Colony (2019), Watermill Center (2016, 2018), Yaddo (2016), Josef and Anni Albers Foundation’s Thread in Senegal (2017), the Park Avenue Armory (2015-2016), Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013) and NYC's Governor's Island (2013).
Andrew was a freelance lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York from 2003-2013.
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