Robert Olsen’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles features 12 small paintings depicting bus shelters, vending machines, and pay parking meters. He renders these ubiquitous objects in a clear and concise manner free from the logos and signage that typically crowds their surface. Allowing for uninterrupted examination of their subtle structures, Olsen creates an abstracted urban ambience that reflects a sense of solitude and sincerity.
Robert Olsen received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and is currently completing his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In the project space, Alix Lambert is showing drawings of tattoos on paper. Transferred from flash images that are used in professional tattoo parlors to apply the image to the skin, Lambert’s tattoos maintain a meandering appearance that is surrounded by an intensively marked surface. Lambert chooses imagery that reflects the fashions and preferences of her generation, mostly decals popular in the late eighties and early nineties. Far from being rendered and applied professionally, Lambert’s drawings retain a roughness that reveals the junction between the desire of individuality and the limitations of a visual collective consciousness.
Alix Lambert received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her work has been shown, among others, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Grazer Kunstverein (Steirischer Herbst), Vienna, The New Museum, New York, the Venice Biennale, Italy, and PSI, New York. This is her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
The gallery is located at 5363 Wilshire Boulevard, two blocks west of La Brea Avenue, between Detroit and Cloverdale. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from
12 – 6 pm and by appointment.