Original Source

Event has passed (Fri Apr 5, 2013 - Thu May 30, 2013)
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
Thursday - Saturday 12 to 6, First Friday until 9 and by appointment


Penny Olson: Original Source

April 5 - May 30, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, April 5th, 2013 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk with Mari Andrews and Penny Olson Moderated by Donna Napper Saturday, April 13th, 2 -3:30 pm
Open during First Friday May 3rd, 2013 6 – 9 pm

Oakland, CA Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of a new solo exhibition by Bay Area artist Penny Olson. Penny Olson’s photography- based work is an exceptionally integrated synthesis of the artist’s diverse interests and expertise—digital technology, nature, textiles, reductive aesthetics, and process-driven art. Her abstract images infused into aluminum or mounted between Plexiglas are systematically composed using digital drawing tools. Olson samples, extrudes, and overlays pixels from her more traditional photographs of plants and landscapes to create striated color fields of emanating light. The original source from nature is unrecognizable, but it is suggested through the resulting color palette, luminosity, and the artwork’s title.

As is typical for this ever-experimenting artist, Olson is using the latest in digital technology to create her most recent work. For the Wildcat series, she took photographs with an iPad while on walks through Wildcat Canyon in Berkeley and used these images as the basis for her digital compositions. Unlike in past works, she overlaid her pixel constructions on top of the original photographs, which were left intact, creating a dual layer image. The underlying photographic image is almost entirely obscured, but some aspects, such as blurry streaks or patches of light and shadow, remain to meld with and interrupt the more mathematical abstraction.

About the Artist: Penny Olson earned her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and her MFA from UCLA. She has also studied at the American Film Institute, Mills College, and the Miasa Bunka Center in Hongo Orimono Kobo, Japan. Olson has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a traveling exhibition shown at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Kyoto National Museum of Art, the Thailand Cultural Center, The National Art Galleries of Malaysia, the National Museum of Singapore, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Philippines, Hong Kong Arts Center and the National Arts Center of Indonesia Her work has been included in the collections of Kaiser Permanente, Neiman Marcus, the Illinois State University Museum of Art and the Muyogi Museum of Art, Takasaki, Japan. This is her second exhibition and first solo exhibition at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.

About Chandra Cerrito Contemporary: Established in 2007 as a curatorial project space, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional regional and national artists, with an emphasis on conceptual strength, refined craftsmanship, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.


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