A new art exhibit, A Subjective Archaeology: Recent Works by John O’Connell, will be on display at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum from Nov. 1 through Dec. 3. 

A free, public opening reception with artist John O’Connell is from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3.

“Each of the works in this exhibition manifests a process that is essentially open-ended,” says John O’Connell, associate professor in painting and drawing at the University of Utah. “These painted moments are built layer upon layer as an accumulated history, only to be lost and obscured by the layering of the next moment.”

“There is a provocative duplicity involved in John O’Connell’s works in that, at first sight, they appear to have been created out of found objects repurposed for art making. In fact, O’Connell is expressing a memory, as he describes it, ‘of the marginalized spaces of my youth in postindustrial New England’ through immensely complicated layerings of new wood and paint,” says George V. Speer, director of NAU’s museum.

During the reception, complimentary parking is available on north campus in lots P3, P4 (ADA), P8 and parallel spaces on Knoles Drive.

The NAU Art Museum is located at 620 S Knoles Drive in Flagstaff, and is open from Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For daytime parking information, please visit the NAU Guest Parking website.