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 →
Olson Visual worked on the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA’s Laura Aguilara exhibition at The Vincent Price Museum. The retrospective included around one hundred and thirty works of art, primarily black and white photos. Some were self portraits while other’s included a dialogue of a surrounding community. Aguilar’s work was defiant and represented a different perspective of the female body. Her works was a way of self-acceptance in a site-specific landscape. This created a dialogue and sociological conversation. The work echoed the very nature of the PST LA/LA theme. The artist herself, talked about her work with a biographical approach explaining, “My father told me if asked say your ‘Mexican American’ My mother told me what ever you do in life, all people will see is the color of your skin. I spent 20 years feeling ashamed, but that was then.” Aguilar’s photographs also included a series titled, Latina Lesbian portraits.… read more →
Olson Visual installed numerous graphics for the Murder on the Orient Express. The murder mystery movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also stars in the film). It is based off of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel and has an all-star cast. This includes: Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, and Johnny Depp. This is the fourth edition (1974, 2001, 2010). Murder on the Orient Express had many mixed reviews. Part of the reason is that the adaption has a slower pace then most films out today. The characters were not developed as much either. There were many big actors but the film didn’t need to have. It seemed more like a way of convincing people to see the movie just for the cast. Also, critics felt that Branagh should not act and direct in the same project. Olson Visual created a lot of graphics for this film.… read more →
Olson Visual installs a large-scale graphic for the Geffen Contemporary (formerly The Temporary Contemporary) in Downtown Los Angeles. Check out these images showing our work. We are proud to work with MOCA for many years and continue to provide excellent quality graphics for small to large-scale signage for them and other major museums in LA. Renovated by the famous architect Frank Gehry, MOCA is a former police car warehouse in L.A.’s Little Tokyo Historic District. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA opened its doors in 1983 and offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. “The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will reopen November 11 with Zoe Leonard: Survey and Laura Owens”. https://www.moca.org/visit/geffen-contemporary The Geffen Contemporary MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Olson Visual installs numerous graphics for the inspired true story, Mollys Game film. Directed and written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin, this movie chronicles the life of Molly Bloom. Bloom becomes a target for the FBI while running an underground poker empire for famous celebrities, athletes, business men, and the Russian mob. Originally Bloom was to become an Olympic skier but her career was cut short due to an injury during the qualifying 2002 Winter Olympics. Instead she decided to go into law school but takes a year off and moves to Los Angeles. There she works for a night club as a bottle-service waitress. She meets Dean, and becomes his office manager. He gets her to run his underground poker parties. She starts to earn a bunch of cash just from tips. She figures out how to appeal to the players. She starts her own business in New… read more →
Yayoi Kusama is known for the infinite dots that she described in 1961 as “Infinity Nets”. They would be performative painting or an immersive experience in a vast space. Due to mental illness, she would experience the world in a vivid distortion. Shapes and colors would be enhanced. Art critic Bob Nickas says,“These forms come not only from the artist’s observation of nature, but from an inner mindscape,… the paintings can be seen as representations of space, as well as images of what cannot easily be represented—infinity or hallucination.” She represented the current political and social climate during the 60s and 70s. Her work matched the hippy culture with optical illusions and psychedelics. The artist was also influenced by minimalism, pop, and surrealism. Her medium not only included painting but she would stage various edgy performances in New York City. These performances were very politically driven by displaying her nude body… read more →
Battle of the Sexes is a film based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell and includes Elisabeth Shue and Bill Pullman in supporting roles. The film received positive reviews from critics and premiered on September 2, 2017. The movie shows the events that lead up to the famous match between tennis stars King and Riggs. It reveals personal turmoil for both of them. The match was created in rebuttal from the sexism of tennis at that time. Women at that time only received 1/8th of the amount of prize money compared to the men. Kramer (who was in charge of the tournaments) refused to change this. So, the women created a new Tennis Association after being expelled. Later, Kramer gets Virginia Slims to be an endorsement and wants the women to play for him… read more →