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“Performance artist to smash a guitar sword.” 

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Art Performance by artist John O’Donnell

Friday, October 7th 7:30 PM

Front Street at EDU Gallery

1001 East Second Street Dayton, Ohio 4540


“Performance artist plans to smash a guitar sword.” 


The performer John O’Donnell is an artist from Connecticut who has exhibited at The Blue House in Dayton many times since its founding.  John has made an eight foot long sword of ukuleles — designed to be smashed.  Attached to the “sword” is a contact microphone and a delay effect. The sonic smash will be the loudest “guitar sword” ever destroyed. These shenanigans will play out in front of a towering wall of cardboard guitar amplifiers. The act will feature songs and magic tricks.  Plenty of give away prizes for attendees.  


 His costume consists of a plastic crown tilted on a black ski mask with a red clown nose. Over his shoulders is a red cape which covers portions of his black turtleneck sweater.  His platform shoes resemble small red tractors.  These different icons reflect the split personalities required to survive as an artist: vampire, king, clown and criminal. “The dark figure, riddled with archetypes, may have been summoned from the notes of Carl Yung.”  This disguise is inspired by popular television shows: crime drama clichés and “The Masked Singer.”  O’Donnell’s inspiration comes from “a vision of an underdog who hastily  assembled a homemade superhero costume.” 


Curated and organized by Nicholaus Arnold.


October 7
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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1001 E. 2nd St., Dayton 45402
1001 E. Second Street, Bldg. 100, 3rd Floor
Dayton, OH 45402
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