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 →
Bladerunner 2049 is a neo-noirsccience fiction movie starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and Harrison Ford. The film adopts similar technological advancements and set thirty years later from the original. Goslings character K, investigates a war between replicants and humans. K works for Wallace Corporation (a manufacturer of replicants) and uncovers a DNA archive of Rachael, one of the main characters from the original film. The CEO Niander Wallace wants to find the original child of Rachael and has K followed. K goes to a farm where he finds a carved tree and has a memory of a toy horse. He then realizes he might be the missing child. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards but unfortunately, only took Best Cinematography and Visual Effects. It was nominated for Post Production, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. Personally, this film was by far the best film of the year… read more →
Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Italy during the war under fascist ruling. She was displaced a second time under military dictatorship of the country she resided most of her life in Brazil. These displacements influenced her work. She is part of a group of Latin American female artists who reacted to South American dictatorships. They were part of a resistance that inspired their work. Historically speaking, this movement only included men and ignored the women’s perspective until now. In contrast, women used their bodies in their work. Maiolino’s work explored her role as a citizen and mother. For example, her photograph, “By a Thread” (1976), she places herself between her daughter and mother. It was to show three generations and how she still creates as a mother. In “They are on the Table” the artist has clay objects that are shaped as baked goods. The title announces a dinner… read more →
Phantom Thread is an American drama starring Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in London’s couture fashion world in the year 1954. Day-Lewis is the world-renowned fashion designer, Reynolds Woodcock who takes a waitress as his muse. Woodcock creates clothing for the super rich and high society members. He is a genius at his craft but also controlling and abusive. He is haunted by his dead mother and stitches text into the inner-innings of the garments. Then, he becomes interested in a young waitress and she decides to move in and become his lover, assistant, and muse. Reynolds starts to become aloof and makes Alma, the waitress, eager to please. This leads to fights because he just doesn’t pay enough attention to her. He is instead, married to his work. Phantom Thread was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, and… read more →
Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara at AD&A Museum focuses on art and religion in Spanish and Chumash Indian traditions. This is during the Mission period where sacred space and religious devotion are main topics. This exhibition will also be a look into the contemporary Chumash visual history alongside artifacts of yesterday. This will show the continuation of the richness of this tradition. Together, with the system of the missions, will enrich any viewer of this historical narrative. Olson Visual installs large banner for this show. They continue to produce this graphic each and every exhibition at the museum that is located at UC Santa Barbara. Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara Art, Design, and Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (805) 893 – 2951 http://www.museum.ucsb.edu/news/feature/506
I Tonya is a biographical film about the attack of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in the months leading up to the 1994 Olympics. Evidence starts to point to the other olympic athlete, Tanya Harding, played by Margot Robbie. The attack becomes a media circus and in the end Harding is stripped of her right to compete professionally in figure skating, including the Olympics. The movie is done in a mockumentary-style with interviews of the characters today and shows the childhood and background of Harding. Harding grew up in a poor “white trash” neighborhood with an abusive mother, played by Allison Janney (who won the Academy Award for supporting actress for this role). At just three years old, she started to train as a skater. She became so good, that she was the only female to do the triple axel jump. She was on her way to becoming the best figure… read more →
The Tattoo, an exhibition is a collection of two hundred and thirty images and objects. It ranges from contemporary designs of tattoos to historical artifacts. There are also silicone models of the human form on display. Each of these things gives us a narrative of the people, primarily Southern California. Tattoos have been around for over five thousand years. Today, it influences art, fashion, product design, and other cultural implications. It can be a sacred ritual or an act of rebellion. This exhibition takes a look deep into it’s history. Olson Visual created a large window graphic. It covered the back area and made it appear as a large mural. We also installed the title wall graphic for the exhibition.
It is now 2018 and we look back at our achievements throughout the year. We have been increasingly busy creating work for: Near Future Summit for Startch Creative, Encore Productions in Las Vegas, Genband Perspectives 2017, and others. This year our Entertainment department expanded our locations in New York and other cities in the United States. We also created large scale step and repeats for Miss Universe and visuals for a pop-up store for Air Jordan. Check out a year to remember!
It is now 2018 and we look back at our achievements throughout the year. We have been increasingly busy creating work for some of the top exhibitions: Mungo Thompson at Nikodom Gallery, Extreme Mammals at Natural History Museum, Paul Simon: Words and Music at Skirball Cultural Center, and many others. This also includes working on numerous Pacific Standard Time shows (Ken Gonzales-Day: Surface Tension and Another Promised Land at Skirball). This year our Entertainment department expanded our locations in New York and other cities in the United States. We also created large scale step and repeats for Miss Universe and a pop-up for Air Jordan. Check out a year to remember! … read more →