Hangin’ in There

It’s not every day that a former pro skater unveils a gallery’s worth of work, let alone a gallery’s worth of work that’s good. Well the day has come and Steve Olson, a bigwig in late 70’s skating, showed off his latest work at the Known Gallery in L.A.entitled Hagin’.

While you might think the title refers to hanging in the air as most pro-skaters tend to do, a lot of the work centers around an archetypal businessman hung by noose amongst onlookers of all walks of life. The blasé attitude of the onlookers creates a surreal sensation that the violence and almost certain death isn’t what’s important. I like this move a lot, understating the subject’s death makes a much stronger impression upon me.

The different audiences Olson places in each print become the focus of the works as their responses towards the deceased make much more of an impact then the dead man himself. From a curious young man, to what looks like an artist fascinated by the subject and ready to snap a picture, each onlooker displays not only different walks of life but also different attitudes towards death or big business (and it’s death).

Olson himself:

“My Art gives contemporary art a juvenile delinquent phase. It’s self-made style icons gleefully trashed conventions of beauty and society while pick pocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the previous centuries…”

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