New Work In Progress - Urban Inspired

Growing up in downtown Chicago surrounded by the constant upward movement inspired this series of work. I’ve always been fascinated by the structures that support all the building in progress - cranes, rebar, all the heavy gear - and the ballet it all performs in the service of the city. The roads must roll.

The blending of structured and seemingly uncontrolled elements evokes a narrative of the city’s growth and expansion, reaching up towards the sky, yet simultaneously conveys a sense of disarray and complexity inherent in urban development. The patinated surface of the metal adds depth to the work, indicating time’s effect on man-made structures and alluding to the historical layers within a city.

The juxtaposition of the city’s architecture against the chaotic girders is a statement on the intersection of order and disarray, of planning and serendipity. This tension between control and chaos represents the unpredictable nature of life within the urban context.

Art Ovation Residency

This week I’m back at Art Ovation Hotel for their Artist In Residency program. This year I’m showing mostly steel pieces, with a few experiments along the way.  The fun part about this residency is I am working live in the lobby of the hotel right by the bar so there’s lots of interaction with all kinds of people! 

Hard At Work

I find myself immersed in a shared journey with my father, Richard Olin, a fellow three-dimensional artist. Together, we’ve woven a narrative that transcends not only artistic mediums but also generations, bringing forth a vibrant fusion of creativity, humor, and hopefulness. 

Standing side by side with my father, whose artistic style dances in a different medium, we’ve created a dynamic dialogue that invites viewers to explore the diverse facets of three-dimensional art.  My father and I have, with intent, crafted our creations to not only showcase technical prowess but also to communicate a collective optimism. Amidst the intricacies and forms, there’s an invitation for viewers to connect with the joy and positivity embedded in the exhibition. 

 In a world often characterized by chaos, the hues of optimism that saturate this showcase serve as a reminder of the transformative power of creativity. Each piece radiates vibrancy, playfulness, and clever nuances, offering visitors more than a visual experience—it’s an emotional journey that resonates with the enduring belief in the ability of art to inspire and uplift. As visitors engage with ‘Expressions of Experience,’ they become part of a visual dialogue that spans generations. 

This collaboration with my father is more than an art show; it’s a celebration of the unbreakable bonds that tie creative spirits together. Through this exhibition, we hope to convey not just the technical brilliance behind our works but also the profound connection between family, humor, and hope in the ever-evolving world of art.

2024 Shows and Stuff!!

Ok, here’s the January 2024 show line up:


Friday 12th: Mara Studio+Gallery, 76 S Palm Ave, 5:30 - 7:30pm ChromaShock Opening Reception

Tuesday 23rd - Sunday 29th: Art Ovation Hotel Residency, 1255 N Palm Ave, 4-8pm daily

Thursday 25th: Art Ovation Hotel Artist Reception 5-7pm

Wednesday 31st: Plymouth Harbor Gallery, 700 John Ringling Blvd,  Meet the Artists 4:30 - 6pm

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