• Rune Olsen

    Samson Projects

    For his first solo show, Brooklyn-based Norwegian artist Rune Olsen conjured a startling scene composed of intricate sculptures portraying various animals fighting and mating, frozen in postures of dominance and compliance. In a disquieting fusion of natural and unnatural history, a rabbit mounts a rooster, two bull elephants tangle trunks, a stag licks his partner’s bloodied antler, and a black bear lewdly flaunts his engorged tongue and sharp teeth.

    Constructed from wire and welded steel armatures filled with wads of newspaper and covered with layers of white archival tape, the sculptures are

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