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 →
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
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 →
MOCA is exhbiting a thirty-five-year retrospective of artist Kerry James Marshall. It brought together The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOCA, MCA Chicago, and Helen Molesworth (Chief Curator of MOCA). They were interested in celebrating the colorful figurative paintings of African Americans. There are few historical works that represent this. Marshall grew up in the civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama. He said, “You can’t be born in Birmingham in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go…” (MOCA website) The exhibition contains almost eighty paintings that depict a unity and humanity. The figures are strong, beautiful, and show a belonging. He made a variety of paintings including: portraits, interiors, and… read more →
Olson Visual worked on MOCA Pacific Design Center’s exhibition Rick Ownes: Furniture. The Parisian fashion and furniture designer that influenced much of design today. Owens started his journey in 1994, here in Los Angeles. His pieces resonate the modernist era using strong forms. In 2007, he started using different materials such as bronze, marble, ox bone, concrete, leather, and alabaster. The large two-story sculpture found in the center of the room was purely made out of alabaster. It referenced the 1960s period of monochramtic paintings. Alongside his work are the paintings from the late artist, Steven Parrino, who influenced much of his work. Both come out of Parisian design and have a strong sense of minimal form with distorted effects. Parrino does this with misshaped canvases while Owen distorts using texture. Both find “high” and “low” culture in their work such as film noir and cult horror movies. They also… read more →
Olson Visual installed large banner graphics to the outside walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. There is no job that is too small or large for OV. Here, they used a crane to install these crisp clean banners. MOCA has three locations: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, MOCA Grand Avenue, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. The institution also has a seminal work of art titled, Double Negative in the Nevada desert by artist Michael Heizer. The museum is committed to the interpretation of art that is created after the year 1940 which includes: new media, performance art, painting, sculpture, installation, etc. They preserve and present known contemporary work and support the creation of new pieces. Their main focus is the show artwork of our time. Don’t forget to check out Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun. It is his U.S. debut. Hito Steyerl: Factory of… read more →
“I will not make any more boring art” is the phrase that Olson Visual used to adorn the walls of MOCA. The quote was by the conceptual Californian artist, John Baldessari in a 1971 video. Recently, Olson Visual placed this on a large wall graphic. Baldessari was considered one of the pioneers of appropriation art by decontextualizing and juxtaposition if words and text. Some of his works were ironic, funny, taunting, and witty. He was known to evoke a critique and dialogue on art and sometimes, played with linguistics and mass media. This year’s MOCA gala honored this artist. The glamorous event was attended by the Hollywood’s elite including: Rosanna Arquette, Marisa Tomei, Patricia Arquette, and Dita Von Teese. Art stars were also on tow with Shepard Fairey, China Chow, and Mark Bradford.
Olson Visual recently worked on Sturtevant: Double Trouble at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here are some amazing installation shots of our team hard at work. This included a large banner that covered the side of the building in downtown Los Angeles. Also, they worked on numerous murals. Sturtevant reproduced other artists’ works of art including pieces by Jasper Johns, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol. This created a controversy on the validity of the work. Some critics appraised it and wrote about how it defined our media-obsessed culture. Others denied it and questioned the validity. Her work shows Warhol’s “Marilyn Diptych” but with a strange twist as… read more →
“I believe that art is socially useful. If it is destructive, it is constructively so. What helps some, hurts others—all art is not made for the same audience. We are in a very restrictive period where many think it is necessary to narrow the limits of what is allowable, to set up a unitary reality and condemn the idea of multiple “realities.” I support an art of multiplicity, which is why I am an “anti-classical” artist. In fact, I like to think that I make my work primarily for those who dislike it. I get pleasure from that idea.” —Mike Kelley Mike Kelley’s artwork represents mass culture’s subjects of religion, philosophy, history, art, and science. His work represents a generation with bands such as Sonic Youth. He worked in many mediums including drawing, photography, video, performance painting, and stuffed animals. Yes, stuffed animals. His work was described as… read more →
MOCA is proud to present a very provocative exhibition containing the most two significant figures of the twentieth century erotic art. Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland are the forefathers of post-war gay culture and a comprehensive collection can be found at MOCA PDC.