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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 defined by and decorated with expressive lines of graphite. According to the press release, “physical enlargement of body parts was presumed, by early psychology, to correlate with an excessively large male organ, which was considered a factor in determining homosexuality,” so it may be presumed that

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