Friday, May 20, 2005

5. Robert Olsen

I saw this LA –based artist’s work at a huge painting show at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College this past summer. A smallish work, about 7 x 14 inches, Shelter_92, 2003 (illustrated above), stood out for its subtleness, congruency and subject matter: a lonely lit up bus shelter at night glowing for all it’s own self-importance surrounded by a swath of darkness. A public utility working tirelessly takes on a humanity that is sad and grandiose simultaneously. The sculptural emphasis within this painting, and his other work, further solidifies this contrast of emotion. Beautiful.

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