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Charles Mary Kubricht and Dr. Timothy O’Neill
High Line Art Talk

March 8, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 PM


Bumble and bumble Recreation Center
415 West 13th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10014

Artist Charles Mary Kubricht, whose High Line installation Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation draws inspiration from World War I military warship camouflage, is joined in conversation by Dr. Timothy O’Neill, a military expert in camouflage.

The conversation will explore the intersection of camouflage and art, revealing the psychology and engineering behind the concealment of what is otherwise visible.

As reference points, Kubricht and O’Neill will discuss Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation, the artist’s installation on the High Line, and MARPAT, a type of military camouflage developed by Dr. O’Neill in collaboration with the United States Marines, United States Army, the Office of Naval Research, and the Executive Office Soldier Program.

Charles Mary Kubricht and Dr. Timothy O’Neill

Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946, Texas) lives and works in Texas and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the Marfa Book Company, Marfa, Texas (2011); Moody Gallery, Houston (2010); Austin Museum of Art, Austin (2005); and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2000). In 2010 she was awarded a GSA Art in Architecture commission for the border between the United States and Mexico, a Rice University Public Art Program commission on the Rice University campus, and a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Dr. Timothy O’Neill is a camouflage consultant and retired army officer of 25 years, of which 15 were spent as an instructor of Engineering Psychology at United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. O’Neill spent much of the 1970s and 80s researching visual systems to detect and recognize camouflaged military targets. O’Neill retired from West Point in 1991, and has since developed the MARine PATtern, or MARPAT camouflage, and worked with the Marines, Army, Office of Naval Research and Executive Office Soldier Program on various studies and adaptations of texture match in camouflage and pattern recognition.


Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects that take place on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art has been exhibiting a wide array of artworks including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of billboard interventions. High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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