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P R E S S R E L E A S E
the urge that binds:
Jeffrey Gibson & Rune Olsen
On view Friday, December 3, 2004 through January, 14, 2005
(Boston, MA) - - Two artists, one Choctaw Native American, the other born in Norway, whose lives and art are intertwined, open an exhibit at Samson Projects on Friday, December 3, 2004. Both Jeffrey Gibson and Rune Olsen explore the wild side of nature, but with two very distinct outcomes.
Gibson’s fluid, amoebic-like acrylic, oils, and silicone on board are based on paintings by Martin Johnson Heade who traveled through the jungles of Brazil "mapping" new environs and cultures. Olsen’s depiction of “the wild” is considerably different; his sculptures are metaphors for human sexuality. Olsen’s animals and the interactions between them explore the physical and sexual expression of attraction, instinct, and desire.
Both artists cross the line between 2D and 3D. Jeffrey Gibson’s two dimensional pieces at times deal with sculptural elements as pigmented silicone falls beyond his paper and board surfaces. Rune Olsen uses markers to draw on his life-size animal figures, delineating muscles, patterns, light, and shadows.
Gibson is heavily influenced by modern and contemporary landscape painting, “This body of work has pushed me to reconsider the history of the frontier, the desire to explore the new and unknown, and the problems inherent in describing the ‘exotic’.” It makes particular reference to early explorer notes and drawings describing new lands and cultures.
Gibson’s partner, Olsen, was born in Norway. His work is both a humorous and physical expression of life. Olsen explains, “Through classical representational sculpture, I want to capture the beauty and sexuality of one animal hunting another and to depict the immediacy of desire in the animal kingdom.”