Tim Olson: WORKS

Tim OlsonWorks by Tim Olson
July 20 – August 2, 2012
A group of small scale, mixed media combination of drawings and collage.


I am one of those artists who think that everything is art.

At some point, everything has a symbolic effect. At some point these symbols either enlighten us, or misdirect us.

If you go to school and study art history, it seems to be a series of one paradigm usurping the next. Classicism is replaced by Romanticism is replaced by Impressionism is replaced by Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, etc. etc.

As far as I can tell, Dadaism pretty much summed it all up. Everything since seems to be a re hash of something previous. We seem to have burned through all our schools of isms.

That doesn’t mean though that we stop making art. A writer friend once told me that in all of history, there have only been about seven themes in literature. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any more good books.

I think the elements of popular culture, T.V., the internet, etc. have become the latest school or ism. I don’t know what comes next. I do know that art facilitates how we see ourselves. When we change how we see ourselves, we change who we are.

Much has been made of how constant and pervasively mass media feeds its messages to us. Of how passively we accept it. The form of contemplation one gets from more traditional forms of art, be it looking at a painting, visiting a museum, actually making a piece of artwork, is much different.

The works I am presenting to you are small scale combinations of drawing and collage. For the most part there are no overt political statements or preaching of ideology. They stem mostly objects and experiences I have come across throughout my day. They are in no sense “big picture” works. Instead they play on intimacy and self reflection, on a questioning of sentimentality, on curiosity and meditation. I hope you like them.

Tim Olson – July 2012

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