Luke O’Sullivan and subterranean

Luke O’Sullivan (1984), sculptor and printmaker.

He received his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2006. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

His work is about the intersection of built environments and subterranean systems. Through the application of screen-printed drawings on wood, metal, and other flat surfaces, he creates architecturally based sculptures. Often inspired by dystopian and science fiction films, he combines recognizable architectural forms and impossible buildings.

As Dylant Bryant writes on Beautiful Magazine: “Though at first glance his skylines appear to be normal, upon further inspection we begin to realize that these are not your typical buildings, and some of them couldn’t even exist at all. This combination of architectural oddities and impossible structures is a running theme throughout O’Sullivan’s work. On his website he describes his art as being inspired by dystopian and science fiction, which we can see elements of in his buildings, including his eclectic use of materials, heavy-industrial smokestacks, tower-esque buildings, and even that one building oozing sludge.  The experience doesn’t stop at surface level, either; a whole world continues on underground, where the new scenery is supported by a change of medium. Fine, detailed lines and huge buildings are replaced with a network of salvaged materials, including metal tubing, various wooden platforms and ladders, cords, wires and far tinier three dimensional structures, all which presumably keep these cities going.”

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