Megan Olson – Beyond the Chains of Illusion at Berlin Art Projects

With “Beyond the Chains of Illusion”, Berlin Art Projects presents the first-ever European solo exhibition of work by American painter Megan Olson. We look forward to welcoming you at the opening on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm! The artist will be in attendance. On exhibition through February 2010. Megan Olson is best known for her sweeping, graceful abstract paintings, the unusual power of which emerges from the use of unusual, thin color layers of organic, complexly interwoven lines.

Megan Olson
Megan Olson, Twilight Garden, 2009. Oil and spray paint on canvas

Her compositions are constructed with flowing, calligraphic elements constantly suspended in a dynamic discourse with the surrounding space. Olson’s fragile forms seem to radiate beyond the borders of the pictures themselves, drawing the viewer in and setting their thoughts to flight, merging space and time into a single, fantastic cosmos.

Olson uses a number of different techniques to achieve this very special effect, from paintbrush and paint to precisely cut stencils and cutting-edge spray paint techniques. There is nothing static or still about this young artist’s work: It never fails to capture the viewer’s undivided attention, stimulate his or her curiosity, and encourage a lively engagement with the painting.

The suspension between abstraction and organic reality owes to Olson’s intensive study of botanical forms, but also alludes to particular art historical influences, from traditional calligraphy to Expressionism and contemporary Graffiti art. The result is an unmistakable color and stylistic idiom with the amazing ability to trigger an almost physical reaction in the viewer.

Born 1971 in Connecticut, USA, Megan Olson took part in the New York Studio Program in 2000 before continuing her studies at The San Francisco Art Institute. The artist lives and works in Berlin.

Berlin Art Projects opened its doors in late 2008 in the Auguststrasse, 50b. Drawing from many years experience in the global art market, its founders have dedicated themselves to supporting the work of emerging and established artists living and working in Berlin. With a program of frequently changing exhibitions and events, the gallery is particularly committed to supporting and encouraging artists as they enter the art international world.

The gallery focus is new tendencies in contemporary painting and sculpture. The spectrum of represented works ranges from Christian Awe’s abstract, Street Art inspired color worlds to young Turkish artist Yasam Sasmazer’s haunting wood sculptures to Sebastian Schrader’s realistically painted, precise compositions. Almost all of the gallery artists currently work in Berlin, and all are influenced and inspired by the city’s unique atmosphere.