Abyssal Night, 2012, oil on traditional gesso primed canvas mounted on wood panel with incised line drawing, 40 x 54 inches

Abyssal Night is painted on a traditional gesso primed surface (made from rabbit skin glue, marble dust and titanium white
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Sarah Olson
Abyssal Night

2012

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Abyssal Night, 2012, oil on traditional gesso primed canvas mounted on wood panel with incised line drawing, 40 x 54 inches Abyssal Night is painted on a traditional gesso primed surface (made from rabbit skin glue, marble dust and titanium white pigment). Olson employs this classical priming technique to create an incredibly smooth marble-like surface that lends itself to the lush layers of oil paint as well as the varied incised line drawing which she carves directly into the surface of each piece. In this painting, Olson takes her amalgamated figures deep into the sea and just above the surface. Abyssal Night shows some of the mysterious animals of the deep, dark ocean, where hydrothermal vents may be the springboard for the earliest forms of life. Olson connects this remote landscape to human and bird forms. Sarah Olson explores the beginning of life and the creation of the world through the lens of religion and science. She has exhibited paintings, drawings and created performances and sculptural installations in New York City and abroad in various galleries, public spaces and on residencies in remote locations in India, Scotland, England and El Salvador. While working within traditional drawing and painting media, she also incorporates plastic waste into her images and performances such as bags, bottles, lids, six-pack rings; questioning the constant stream of garbage that piles ever higher as populations soar. A live video of her work most recently was displayed this August at Summer Stage in Central Park during a performance by vocalist, Tamar-Kali. Her sculpture and painting have recently been displayed at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in New York City. Her work as also been shown at DA Gallery, Gallery Satori, The Dahesh Museum, Columbia University in New York City; and the Rivington Gallery and Museum of Design in London, among others. She has created performances for the Joyce Theater, Littlefield Performance and Art Space, and the Education Alliance in New York City. Her work is in the collections of Bruce W. Ferguson, Eric Fischl and Eileen Guggenheim. Olson lives and works in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. She holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Dimensions
    H 40 in. x W 54 in.H 101.6 cm x W 137.16 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU6923138623
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