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Karyn A Olivier
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: I investigate our social interactions with familiar objects, spaces and each other, through the use of sculpture, installation, public works, photography and video. My work attempts to abrade surfaces and uncover our humanity, to reveal affinities and disparities. I often manipulate the familiar — from the redundancy of replicated objects (Doubleslide) to the exaggeration of what appears to be already there (Inbound: Houston). When a fabrication of an ancient Roman outhouse (Toilet) is placed inside a converted cow stable that now functions as a museum, is privacy still possible? My work often explores the changing countenance of intimacy as it fluctuates between a private (individual) experience and a social (collective) one (It’s not over ‘til it’s over, ACA Foods Free Library). This exploration of everyday objects and spaces converges with my observation of nostalgia, which functions in my work through cultural and historical references. I conflate these, using the simplicity and directness of a minimalist aesthetic to induce a perceptual shift in our reading of these once familiar objects. This provokes an unsettling experience in which the created work challenges the historic meaning of the original. The manipulation of object, space, and context elicits an absurd experience that may be mournful, funny, or both. Recently, I have begun a photography series titled Double Vision. The images take diplopia (the disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen simultaneously) and apply it as a conceptual idea — sometimes inverting the object’s meaning. Photographic collages of seemingly disparate images create a sleight of eye, suggesting a visual accord that’s not necessarily there. As in the spatial works, the everyday is mined here too, blurring the line between friction and ease, dissonance and unity — mirroring the complexities that make us human.
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  • Inbound: Houston
    October 26-November 22, 2009
    Photographs on billboards   variable
    With the assistance of a Creative Capital Foundation grant I converted 13 billboard advertisements on Houston's freeways to photographic representations of the landscape that exists directly behi

  • Inbound: Houston
    October 26-November 22, 2009
    photographs on billboards   variable
    With the assistance of a Creative Capital Foundation grant I converted 13 billboard advertisements on Houston's freeways to photographic representations of the landscape that exists directly behi

  • Inbound:Houston
    October 26-November 22, 2009
    Photographs on billboards   variable
    With the assistance of a Creative Capital Foundation grant I converted 13 billboard advertisements on Houston's freeways to photographic representations of the landscape that exists directly behi

  • ACA Foods Free Library
    March 2010-ongoing
    Books
    I installed a functioning library inside ACA Foods market, a West Indian grocery store. This exclusively Caribbean library is open to all patrons of the market. The books are organized by category (i.

  • ACA Foods Free Library
    March 2010-ongoing
    Books
    I installed a functioning library inside ACA Foods market, a West Indian grocery store. This exclusively Caribbean library is open to all patrons of the market. The books are organized by category (i.

  • It's not over til it's over
    2004
    Steel, wood, fabric, rope lighting, motor, casters and chair   h.14 ft. diam.24 ft.
    Installation view at Socrates Sculpture Park, L.I.C., NY. I built a carousel that rotates clockwise at a rate of five minutes per revolution.

  • Doubleslide
    2006
    Steel   h.7 ft. 8 in. w.25 ft. d.22 in.
    Installation view at The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY, NY)

  • See-saw
    2005
    Steel   h.37 in. w.40 ft. d.13.5 in.

  • Tether-ball
    2005
    Tether balls, pigment powder, clay powder, adhesive, paint and steel   h.10 ft., diam.6 ft.

  • Junglegym
    2006
    Poplar   h.15 ft., w.15 ft., d.24.5 ft.
    Installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, NY, NY.

  • Junglegym
    2006
    Poplar   h.15 ft., w.15 ft., d.24.5 ft.
    Installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, NY, NY

  • Toilet
    2006
    Cast concrete   h.18 in. w.22 in. d.60 ft.
    Overview at the Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

  • Untitled (Coffee Table)
    2005
    Coffee table, foam board and latex paint   h.13 ft. w.50 in. d.23 in.
    Installation view at MoMA PS1, L.I.C., NY

  • Grey lift
    2006
    Chandelier, lit candles, hardwood floor stripped of paint.
    Installation view at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. The candles were continuously lit and replaced for the duration of the five-month installation.

  • Bench (seating for one)
    2003
    Bricks, mortar, steel, plywood and studs   h.7 ft. w.14 ft. d.34 in.

  • Winter hung to dry
    2003
    My winter clothes and line   h.7 ft. w.70 ft. d.30 in.
    Installation view at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Untitled (Underwear series)
    2008-9
    c-print   8.5 in. x 11 in.
    I photographed my abandoned underwear daily before showering.

  • Double houses
    2005
    c-print   11 in. x14 in.

  • Favelas and 2x4, (From the series Double Vision)
    2009
    c-print   3.75 in. x 5.75 in.

  • Ridgewood Line (BQT Ghost No. 6064)
    2004
    Steel, cable, cement and wood   h.10 ft. w. 6 ft. 7 in. d. 45 ft.
    Using the SculptureCenter building's history as a trolley repair shop, I fabricated a concrete "street" with embedded trolley tracks. Above, one saw the cable lines that follow the path
 








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