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Rune Olsen
updated: 10/12/2008
website: www.runeolsen.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Installation Samson Projects 2007
Jealous
Installation Samson Projects 2007
Velvet
Velvet
Thickskinned
Escaping Freedom
Taste s Like ChixN
For Everything I Long to Do
For Everything I Long to Do
Kissing Wolves
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gender/sexuality, gestural, animals, autobiographical, violence, erotic, figurative, identity, political, psychological
 
 
Installation Samson Projects 2007 by Rune Olsen
Installation Samson Projects 2007
Mixed Medium Drawing Installation
2007
Dimensions variable
Jealous by Rune Olsen
Jealous
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, plastic, steel, chain, wire and acrylic medium
2007
66" x  66"  x 38" 
Installation Samson Projects 2007 by Rune Olsen
Installation Samson Projects 2007
Mixed Medium Drawing Installation
2007
Dimensions variable
Velvet by Rune Olsen
Velvet
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, steel, wire, acrylic medium, glass-fiber and resin
2007
56" x  45"  x 36" 
Velvet by Rune Olsen
Velvet
Detail
2007
56" x  45"  x 36" 
Thickskinned by Rune Olsen
Thickskinned
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, steel, wire and acrylic medium
2006
33" x  27"  x 46" 
Escaping Freedom by Rune Olsen
Escaping Freedom
Installation Red Saw Gallery
2006
Dimensions variable
Taste s Like ChixN by Rune Olsen
Taste s Like ChixN
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, steel, wire and acrylic medium
2006
55" x  31"  x 46" 
For Everything I Long to Do by Rune Olsen
For Everything I Long to Do
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin
2005 06
63" x  75"  x 65" 
For Everything I Long to Do by Rune Olsen
For Everything I Long to Do
Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin
2005 06
63" x  75"  x 65" 
Kissing Wolves by Rune Olsen
Kissing Wolves
Graphite on archival masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, wire and acrylic medium
2005
25" x  23"  x 18" 

Artist Statement
My life-size sculptures of figures and animals interweave personal narrative with social issues, selecting scenarios that explore immigration, territoriality, and sexuality. Made from newspaper and tape, which I refer to as social materials, everybody can equally access these materials, I cover each sculpture in expressive and abstract graphite markings. Inset is glass eyes, replicas of mine, alluringly staring back at us.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Installations, Solo and Two -People Exhibitions
2007 Samson Projects, Boston, USA
2006 Red Saw Gallery, Escaping Freedom, Newark, USA
2004 Samson Projects, The Urge That Binds, Boston, USA
2002 Islip Art Museum, Auto Parts, New York, USA
2001 Bronx Museum of Arts, CAP, SuperVention, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 Western Michigan University, Keeping it Real, c: Jerry Kearns, USA
2006 Volitant Gallery, Take me to bed or lose me forever, c: Leona Scull-Hons, TX, USA
- Gallery 744, Newark between Us, c: Rupert Ravens, USA
- Cuchifritos Gallery, Working Space 06, c: Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Zeina Assaf
- 3rd Ward, Nature More, c: Peter Dudek, New York, USA
- Hillwood Art Museum, Archival to Contemporary, c: Jerelyn Hanrahan, New York, USA
2005 Istanbul Biennial, Waterways, c: Renee Vara, Turkey
- Exit Art, Homomuseum, New York, USA
- Smack Mellon, T-Zone, c: Peter Dudek, New York, USA
2004 Arthouse Texas, New American Talent, c: Jerry Saltz, USA
- Aljira Art Center, Timeless/Timeliness, c: Dominique Nahas, USA
- Samson Projects, Super Salon, Boston, USA


Education
98-99 Goldsmith College, MFA (Pgd), London, UK
93-96 Coventry University, BFA (Honors), UK

Grants and Awards

2006-03 Statens Kunstnerstipend, Work Grant, Norway
- Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, USA
2005 Artists Alliance, Residency Program, New York, USA
- New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, sculpture, USA
2002 Aljira Emerge 2003, Professional Development, Newark, USA

Bibliography
2007 Art Forum, by Francine Koslow Miller, September, USA
- Sculpture Magazine, by Christine Temin, Review Fall, USA
- Boston Globe, Animal World, by Cate McQuaid, May 17, USA
2005 The New York Times, Art in Review: Homomuseum by Holland Cotter, June 24, USA
- Gay City News, Homomuseum: Vast Space Dwarfs Huge Inquiry by Frank Holliday, June 23,
- Big Red & Shiny, Review: Rune Olsen @ Samson Projects by Jason Dean, Issue 16, USA
2004 Star-Ledger, Timely/Timeliness by Dan Bischoff, August 15, review, USA
- Austin Chronicle, New American Talent, Robi Polgar, August 6, review, USA