Curtis Olson

I am interested in creating powerful objects that live in the real (non-digital) world with weight and age. My artworks embody multiple dualities that challenge the relationship between perception and actuality. They appear geometrically precise, yet a closer look reveals them to be made up of raw, unapologetically imperfect manual etchings, marks and gouges. They have a deliberate timelessness, feeling as if they could be significant ancient artifacts and yet modern at the same time.

These works are not abstractions, but instead are born from a world of ideas representing a myriad of influences and interests swirling in my over active brain. Ideas ranging from platonic geometry to aerial drone surveying and sensing. Global warming and depleting natural resources to Egyptian and Greek architectural proportioning. Buddhist philosophy to ancient archaeological objects (from the antikythera device to ancient pottery vessels), to cartography and modern architectural aesthetics – these are just a few of the ideas informing these works.

I often incorporate geometry into my work, but it’s the circle that I return to most for its pure form and meaning. It can

Curtis Olson
Aerial Survey #6 by Curtis Olson
Aerial Survey #6
36 x 36 in.
Eccentric Cirlces by Curtis Olson
Eccentric Cirlces
36 x 36 in.
Knowledge Object #19 by Curtis Olson
Knowledge Object #19
36.5 x 44 x 3 in.
Memorabilia by Curtis Olson
30 x 60 in.
Water Keeper by Curtis Olson
Water Keeper
40 x 36 in.
Wheel-like Object (White) by Curtis Olson
Wheel-like Object (White)
48 x 48 x 3 in.