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Scott Olson

Overduin & Co.

Scott Olson paints small abstractions of irregular and fragmented geometries that give a somewhat unexpected initial impression of familiarity, age, and wear. The eleven oil paintings (on linen or MDF) that made up his Los Angeles debut employ distinctly traditional techniques from a century past and refer to the pictorial methods of early modernist abstraction; they repeatedly conjure, in their compositions and reduced size, the modest quietude of works by Paul Klee. They are heavy with an indefinite, though palpable, sense of history, as though they have been unearthed or rediscovered after a long period of neglect.

Each painting is about the size of a laptop, the largest measuring twenty by fifteen inches—downsized abstractions for our economic downturn. All of Olson’s compositions appear cropped in some way, most with horizontal bands across the top or bottom or both. The primary visual

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