Rune Olsen

Studio Building
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Studio Location
Hysterics (2009) detail
Hysterics (2009)
If Only (2009)
The Sex Lives of Animals (2008/09) at The Museum of Sex in New York
Velvet (2007)
Artist's Statement

Seduction is an important tool in the creation and realization of my sculptures—from the concept and image, to the choice of materials and the construction process. Though we can live in our minds, as an animal the physical is vastly more exciting—arousing our urges, hijacking our minds, and generating obsessive thoughts and questions. How does essential instincts govern our actions? What makes us react in a certain way? How do we make decisions and how do instincts affect these decisions? I explore these questions by meticulously researching real and recorded imagery of animals and people at their most basic. What emerges from this research are life-size sculptures that I form from familiar, cheap and easily malleable materials like masking tape and aluminum foil - allowing me to work with a sense of immediacy that is enhanced with the inset glass eyes that looks like mine.


Rune Olsen is a Norwegian artist living in New York. He has exhibited widely including Bronx Museum, Islip Art Museum, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Smack Mellon, and Exit Art. His life-size figurative sculptures that examine the interplay among desire, power structures and society has been reviewed in Art Forum, Sculpture Magazine, and Art in America. Rune Olsen has won 11 awards from The Norwegian Government, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a studio-residency with Artist Alliance in New York and a place at the renowned Art Omi International Artists Residency. In 2008 Rune Olsen was included in the Drawing Biennial at Kunstnernes Hus (Norway,) and through 2009 his sculptures were included in the exhibition The Sex Lives of Animals at the Museum of Sex in New York. Rune Olsen is a 2009 NYFA fellow in Sculpture.