A Tragedy Waiting to Happen
In 2010 Jeff Olsson participated in Knock Knock, a group exhibition curated by KRETS at Needles & Pens in San Francisco. We are now pleased to present his first exhibition in Malmö.
A Tragedy Waiting to Happen shows a selection of works on paper. Drawings in graphite and charcoal, depicting moments in a remote wilderness with lone wolves, deep caves and enchanted forest. Darkness has settled and someone is driving a jet ski. Through a shrubbery a stranger spies on an abandoned tombstone and trapped in someone’s hand a bat is screaming. A campfire is lit and we meet a woman whose neck is embraced by a friendship necklace; a broken heart. In many of the drawings, we can only see traces of someone’s presence – a subtle horror setting in which the real and surreal blends and interweaves. At the same time, the works are centered around a distinct escapist narrative. The idea of an existence beyond the norms of society; a self-chosen vulnerability for dreamers and outlaws.
Jeff Olsson (b. 1981) grew up in Värmland (Sweden), but is currently based in Gothenburg. He is educated at Gerlesborgskolan (2001-2003) and Valand Academy of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg (2003-2008). Previous solo exhibitions include Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (2013), Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2010, 2011), Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg (2009) and Galleri Big Love, Gothenburg (2005). He has also participated in several group exhibitions, e.g. at Needles & Pens, San Francisco (2010), Liljevalchs Vårsalong, Stockholm (2009), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg (2008), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2008), The Armory Show, New York (2011, 2012) and Art Copenhagen (2007).