May 15th, 2017

Henrik Olesen at Wattis

Henrik Olesen at Wattis

Artist: Henrik Olesen

Venue: Wattis, San Francisco

Exhibition Title: The Walk

Date: March 16 – May 14, 2017

Note: The full version of the press release is available here.

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Henrik Olesen at Wattis

Henrik Olesen at Wattis

Henrik Olesen at Wattis

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of Wattis, San Francisco. Photos by Johnna Arnold.

Press Release:

Underneath everything, there’s dirt. Most of the time, we regulate and contain it. We cover it up with floors, roads, buildings, even entire cities. When it spills, we sweep it up—it’s as if we were hiding or repressing it.

Henrik Olesen adds dirt to the neatness and sexlessness of conceptual art. He is drawn to surfaces that are scarred, deformed, uneven, and deliberately rough. He works against all that is antiseptic and towards an art that recognizes desire, profanity, obscenity, perversion, and jouissance as productive and emancipatory forces. If Olesen is dirty, it’s because he takes the culturally constructed boundaries that separate man from woman, gay from straight, normal from abnormal, and dirties them up. He queers all that is fixed and organized, replacing it with the dissolved and the disorganized—the polysexual.

For this exhibition, Olesen creates a site-specific installation of new work along with a selection of existing works from the past five years.

Link: Henrik Olesen at Wattis

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