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Kent/Blossom Art Presents California Visiting Artist Alex Olson

Posted May. 22, 2014

Painting by Alex OlsonKent/Blossom Art presents a lecture by  visiting artist and painter Alex Olson on Weds., May 28 at 6 p.m. in the School of Art Building.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

A resident of L.A., Alex Olson's elegant paintings are included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

When asked about her work on display at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Olson explains,"I do think that painting is a language, as all marks are referential, but that’s just one element that comes into play for me when making a painting. My focus is on choreographing these marks in ways that prompt a desire to read, but without providing precise language to do so. It’s about suspending the act of looking and judging for the viewer, and hopefully encouraging a constant reassessment of these judgments... I’m trying to make clear, accessible paintings, built using deliberate marks. Generally, I choose marks that have the ability to behave as stock signage meaning that they act as a sign but remain unattached to a singular definition such as a dash or an “x.”

Educated at Harvard University and CalArts, Olson has had solos at Laura Bartlett Gallery in London, Lisa Cooley in New York and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, and taken part in recent group exhibitions at Wallspace in New York, Altman Siegel in San Francisco, and Michael Benevento and Public Fiction in Los Angeles, in addition to the three aforementioned spaces. Her work was also included in Made in LA at the Hammer Museum and Painter Painter, curated by Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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For more information contact:
Alex Parrot, cparrot1@kent.edu, 330-672-2714