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SLo museum of art presents

erik olson: eye matters By Rebecca LeDuc


he San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Erik Olson: Eye Matters, a collection of paintings and photography by Nipomo based artist Erik Olson. The exhibition will feature compositionally abstract paintings on wood alongside photographic images juxtaposing the built and natural environment and will be on view at the Museum from January 2 through February 28, 2016.

Erik Olson received a BA in design from UCLA’s College of Fine Arts with an eye on product design as a potential career. Instead, he turned to architecture and with his strong sense of design and craftsmanship, he spent a decade in motion picture art direction for a long list of films and television shows, including Last of the Mohicans, Face Off, and Martial Law. His passion for the research that went into each film as well as the license to build “crazy cool stuff,” fueled a 10-year career in the industry. In the 2000s, Mr. Olson returned to architecture, focusing primarily on residential remodels until the market collapsed in 2008, at which point he hung up his hat and moved north to Nipomo to enjoy his retirement on the Central Coast. Though seemingly a departure from his roots, Mr. Olson’s paintings and photographs maintain a strong tie to the structure, geometry, and patterning found in architecture. At the forefront of what he creates is a fascination with light play and geometries. “For decades, I have been engaged by the layering of light, fugitive composition and relationships of form.”

world through a different lens and finds joy in the mundane, pedestrian scenes and images of daily life that the rest of us often don’t even notice. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will take place on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6–9pm in conjunction with Art After Dark. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, dedicated to the education, presentation and preservation of the visual arts on the Central Coast, is located at 1010 Broad Street, on the west end of Mission Plaza. Hours are 11am – 5pm daily. Closed Tuesdays. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more info visit

Ever focused on the overlay of geometries and the dialogue between compositional elements, Mr. Olson’s paintings play with pattern, shape, and symmetry, often breaking with sequence and the expected. Much of his work in photography seizes upon the quickly changing natural movement of sunlight and shadow that infuses the banal everyday with spontaneity. “Many of the ethereal images of light are there for just a few brief seconds and provide a reminder of our own transitory nature,” he says. His approach, without intention, begins with a history but is alive to the moment as the images reveal themselves. Seeking to embrace banality and to find the beauty in it, Mr. Olson delights in viewing the



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January 2016 Journal Plus Magazine  
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