Riley O’Neill: Relax Shadeans












3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

January 27 – February 28, 2018


DEPART FOUNDATION presents RELAX SHADEANS, an exhibition of new works by Riley O’Neill in the project room. The LA based, self-taught artist combines found objects, mementos, and mixed media to create sculptures and collages that set the scene for his misunderstood narratives. Connotations of “the West” are sprinkled throughout the work, which may reflect O’Neill’s “internal struggle with edited histories of settler colonization, attachment to place, and masculinity.”

Motifs that resemble cowboy boots, covered wagons, maps, and road signs invite viewers to entertain and justify the mimicry that runs throughout the exhibition.

In Relax Shadeans, the stage is set, the lights are lit, and the band plays, but where have all the characters gone?


Born 1992 in Malibu, CA, Riley O’Neill lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and studied Activist Design Strategies.  He has exhibited works at Club Pro (Los Angeles, CA), MAK Center for Art and Architecture (Los Angeles, CA), Depart Foundation (Malibu, CA), Kimberly-Klark (Queens, NY), Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and 9800 Sepulveda (Los Angeles, CA), amongst others.


DEPART Foundation
DEPART FOUNDATION provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus, Chase Hall and the group show Seasick in Paradise curated by Amy Yao.