Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Erwin Olaf at Fotomuseum, Den Haag

by Suzanne on September 26th, 2008

The Classroom by Erwin Olaf, 2005 - click for details

Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf - previously featured here - seems to be getting a lot of attention both in the Olde and the New World right now - with shows in Belgium, Winston Salem (NC) and who knows where. I, for one, have completely lost track.

His next exhibition due to open, however, is Rain, Hope, Grief & Fall at Fotomuseum in Den Haag - featuring photographs from four of Olaf's most celebrated series - Rain, Hope (c.f. images above and below), Grief (c.f. previous post) & Fall - his most recent project. You can find all the relevant exhibition details below.

The Boxingschool by Erwin Olaf, 2005 - click for details

Opening: Tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8 PM

On show: September 27, 2008 - January 18, 2009

Address: Fotomuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 43
2517 HV Den Haag, Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)70 . 3381144

Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 12 - 6 PM

Press release

Artist's website

Erwin Olaf's "Grief" at Magda Danysz, Paris: Final Days

by Suzanne on May 15th, 2008

Victoria - Portrait by Erwin Olaf, 2007

With his new photographic series entitled Grief, Amsterdam-based Erwin Olaf manages to make depression and mourning look like a line of sleek self-assembly emotions called SORGSEN stocked at your local IKEA where Tyler Brûlé likes to hang out on weekends.

For this third installment of a trilogy of melancholy and enigmatic photographs, Olaf tried to bring the ennui and sterility of American 1960s middle-class households back into our collective memories.

Grief shows what would happen if you pressure cleaned Gregory Crewdson's dramatic interiors off all their tragedy and horror and - maybe like no other of his exhibitions before - reveals Olaf's journalistic origin and documentary background (he studied journalism in Utrecht).

The artist himself says about his recent project:

"Grief is a series about the choreography of emotion, and what you can create in the studio."

The previous two series (Rain and Hope) can both be inspected at Olaf's redesigned website (... which now allows you to zoom. Weeeee!).

Victoria by Erwin Olaf, 2007

Closes: Saturday, May 17, 2008

Address: Galerie Magda Danysz, 78, rue Amelot - Paris 11, tel. / fax : +33(0)1 45 83 38 51 | Map

Further reading: Erwin Olaf (2008) | Rain/Hope (2006) | Silver (2005)

O, Alma Mater! Libera me!

by Suzanne on October 25th, 2006

© From top to bottom: Miles Aldridge | Zoren Gold & Minori | Erwin Olaf
(click on images to enlarge)

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