Norton Simon exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor tells a story of just one statue, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. Degas only showed one sculpture his whole life. This little piece became a huge controversy by using real materials: wig hair and silk for the point shoes. Degas had made countless other sculptures but only showed them to his friends. They never made it to the public eye until his death-one hundred years ago this year. Degas made over one hundred and fifty models and seventy four were well preserved. This exhibition focuses on the practice of this artist with a collection of modéles (the original works of art that were cast from the original plaster and wax statuettes). These are the one-of-a-kind dating before his numbered bronzes. These pieces show the touch of the artist with impressions of pliable wax or plaster over the wire armatures. These original works of art… read more →
Assassination Nation is a thriller film that stars Suki Waterhouse, Anika Noni Rose, Bill Skarsgard, and Bella Thorne. It takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and shows how a computer hacker effects this sleepy town. The hacker exposes personal information of the town’s residents and makes them mentally unstable. The film premiered in January at Sundance but was later released in September of this year. Unfortunately, it got mixed reviews. Some liked it and hailed it as, “frenetic and visually stylish” but others criticized it’s script for being poorly written. Olson Visual created a very large costume and prop display for the movie using their T3 System. They also installed a billboard at the same location. Check out these images of their work at Arclight Hollywood.
MOCA recently reinstalled Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Questions). The original first premiered in 1990 and was a political statement to provoke a discourse of democracy. The graphic is quite bold and almost three-stories tall. It reads, “WHO IS BEYOND THE LAW? WHO IS BOUGHT AND SOLD? WHO IS FREE TO CHOOSE? WHO DOES TIME? WHO FOLLOWS ORDERS? WHO SALUTES LONGEST? WHO PRAYS LOUDEST? WHO DIES FIRST? WHO LAUGHS LAST?” It is a statement that is bold and direct. The design was inspired by the American flag with it’s lines of long text representing the stripes. In the 90s it was considered radical and became a backdrop to the LA riots (seen in the picture above). Now the mural has become an important historical political piece. Artist Barbara Kruger responds, “It’s tragic and sad that there is still resonance on these issues.” Olson Visual was proud to have printed and installed such… read more →
Aquaman is the sixth installment of the DC Extended Universe and is directed by James Wan. Jason Momoa is the main character and stars alongside Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, and Nicole Kidman. The plot entails Arthur Curry (Aquaman) is the heir to Atlantis, an underwater kingdom. He must lead his tribe against his own brother, Orm. The pre-production started in 2004 but plans fell through. There was a screenplay written in October 2014 but wasn’t solidified until 2016. The cast wasn’t signed until later that year and photography started in Australia on May 2, 2017. It was also filmed later in Italy, Morocco, and Canada. The film is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018 in Dolby Cinema, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. Olson Visual has already created many graphics for this film including amazing backlit graphics using their well-known T3 System. Check out our images of the work… read more →
Marvel Comic inspires another super hero film, Deadpool 2. It is the second installment of the Deadpool character and considered apart of the eleven X-men film series. The plot entails Deadpool forming his own team called X-force to keep a child mutant from the evil Cable character. Ryan Reynolds stars as the main character alongside Josh Brolin. The film was released in the US on May 18th of this year and was a box office hit. It was the sixth highest grossing film of 2018 at $734 million. Critics gave praise for its fun humor and action. It was also considered better then the first film. Olson Visual created numerous graphics for this action-packed film. They installed window graphics in Lincoln Square, New York City. They also installed backlit graphics using their T3 System, prop and display graphics, and stretched material in Los Angeles. Check out our images below of… read more →
Olson Visual worked on the continuing permanent exhibition Becoming Los Angeles at Natural History Museum. It’s the story of LA and how it started as a tiny pueblo to a large sprawling city. Visitors will see how the Native people have shaped this city through artifacts on display. There is also a story on the great depression and the wild wild west. Charlie Chaplin and women’s labor movement are also apart of this narrative. Some of the items to not miss are: a sewing machine from Alpert of Hollywood, Betty Grable’s Red Tutu, Vaquero Saddle, Tongva Beads, and Toshiba Transistor Radio. The Natural History Museum Los Angeles President Lori Bettison-Varga explained, “In the last several years, the Museum has become increasingly focused on community and our goal with these changes is to help people see themselves, and their communities, within the complicated intersections of nature and culture in L.A. This… read more →
It’s been forty-three years from the infamous film, Jaws was released. Our fascination of sharks grew over the years. Shark week became a successful television sensation. Now we have a super-large addition to our shark craze. The Meg is a shark-themed 2018 science fiction thriller. It is loosely based off the book by Steve Alten, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror and stars Li Bingbing, Jason Statham, Cliff Curtis and Ruby Rose. Originally, Disney owned the rights to the book in the 90s but was later purchased by Warner Bros. Production didn’t start until 2015. The movie follows a group of scientists who find a seventy-five foot megalodon shark while deep on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Check out our images of the work we completed for the film. We created numerous large-scale banner graphics, floor graphics, marquees, and backlit graphics using our T3 System.
Olson Visual works on the new Ai Weiwei exhibition, “Life Cycle” at the Marciano Art Foundation. This large-scale installation features a fine-crafted sculpture using a traditional method of kite-making. Another sculpture titled Law of the Journey, is a makeshift boat representing the refugee crisis. Also, there is an installation consisting of antique teapot pieces from the Chinese Song Dynasty (920-1279) titled Spouts. Lastly on display is the famous piece Sunflower Seeds (Kui Hua Zi), which premiered at the Tate Modern in 2010. It is comprised of forty-nine tons of individual sunflower seeds made out of porcelain. More than 1,600 artisans were hired to produce the seeds by hand in the city of Jingdzhen, also known as the “Porcelain Capital”. Weiwei is known for his critique on the economic and political injustice in China and the world. With this particular work, he used these seeds to represent both a childhood memory… read more →
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an adventure comedy that is the sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji. The franchise is based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The new film pays tribute to Robin Williams, the star of the original. This board game found in the first movie is transformed into a video game that four young teens play. These four teenagers are transported into the video game where they must win the game to go home. The film stars Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, and Dwayne Johnson. Olson Visual created a wonderful backlit graphic using their T3 System for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Check out these images of our work.
Our team at Olson Visual created an abundance of colorful and exquisite graphics for the Jim Henson exhibition at Skirball Cultural Center. It featured over one hundred objects and over twenty original puppets – including Burt, Ernie and Kermit. Jim Henson transformed everyone’s childhood in his groundbreaking puppetry. He understood the mind of a child and created the best entertainment for them. The Muppets still light up any child or baby. He created a world that is colorful with kindness and creativity. The exhibition explores his most popular productions – from Fraggle Rock to The Muppets. It showcases television clips, photographs, sketches, scripts, and character development. There is an interactive portion that allows the audience to create their own puppet and try puppeteering. I brought my six-month old to the exhibition and he lit up with such joy. He knew it was a place for him and I relieved my… read more →