Bryan Olson‘s collages are elegant hand made cut and glued pictures that take us out of our constructed reality and into a parallel universe in which nature superimposes itself on us. We become the subjugated masses, floating in space and ignorant of the greater forces of the universe.
In these collages we are introduced to a new mythology, its symbols familiar yet unknown to us, Olson’s floating geometric forms creating doorways into another perception of which we have no knowledge, as if all of time has been condensed into a singular moment. Our history, archeology, and missions to the frontiers of science made immediately present and wrapped up in a dreamlike fantasy.
Inspired by the architecture of Miles Van Der Rohe and the Spomenik Monuments – built after World War II – in former Yugoslavia Olson brings classical scientific discovery together with modernist art, design and a musicality into his process to create an alternative universe in which people are insignificant and nature is omnipotent. And while psychedelia seeps into his aesthetic it’s not a trip we’re familiar with. His journey goes further, plumbs deeper, wants to question the predominance of man over nature. As he said himself in an interview with Redefine magazine:
Most of my collages display landscapes, natural subjects and man made subjects together in the same setting. I try to imagine how nature sees man. If nature had human emotion, how would it perceive us? What would we look like? What does the pain of our ignorance and over consumption feel like?