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Robert Olsen

Intraurban Interurban

February 16March 16, 2002

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Press Release

In his second solo exhibition at the gallery Robert Olsen shows a series of small oil paintings depicting common urban fixtures like bus shelters, curbs, and trash-cans. Olsen’s paintings condense the objects to their basic prototypical and impersonal properties – they become blank projection surfaces for the rich impact of color and light.

“I am not concerned with elevating the objects depicted. I do not intend for them to gain status through paint or to fool the eye through rendering. I work towards reducing images to core referents through the specialization of color and form edge clarity. For me, the ease of discernment is important. I am seeking an exact image of these ubiquitous territories.” Robert Olsen, January 2002

Robert Olsen received his BFA degree from the California College of Arts and Craft; he currently completes his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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