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Caley O’Dwyer – First-Person Plural

Profile Caley O Dwyer LE Mag September 2018

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First-Person Plural – a series of gouache collage paintings by Caley O’Dwyer

Caley O’Dwyer is a visual artist, poet, and teacher living in Los Angeles. His painting practice is driven by postmodern psychology, humor, wonder and musicality, emphasizing uncertainty, process painting and surprise. His paintings increasingly explore the space between abstraction and figuration, bearing intimation but resisting surety. Alongside his painting practice at the Brewery Arts Complex in downtown Los Angeles, Caley teaches creative writing and psychology at Antioch University and was previously an Associate Professor in University of Southern California’s Writing Program. His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Live Encounters, Washington Square and other venues, including the Tate Modern Museum in London. He is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and a recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer grant for poetry. His first book, Full Nova, was published by Orchises Press, and his in-progress collection, Light, Earth and Blue, features poems written in response to the abstract expressionist paintings of Mark Rothko.


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