14 January 2013

Krister Olsson

Krister Olsson is a sculptor based in Yokohama and Los Angeles who has created beautiful sculptural based works and interesting kinetic machines such as Pink Cosmos (after High and Low), Mouth Machine 1, Easy Target and Little Prick among others, Krister tells us more about these works into the post;

Pink Cosmos (after High and Low), 2012

"In the Kurosawa film "High and Low" (天国と地獄) the protagonist pays a ransom using a suitcase lined with a compound that burns pink. The movie reaches its climax when the suitcase is burned and pink smoke spews from an incinerator, making the madness of the kidnapper tangible.

In creating Pink Cosmos I decided to transform this pink smoke into a solid, making climax and catharsis (achieved in the film through the dissipation of the smoke) impossible. The obsessive scarring of a spiral into the surface of the pink solid directs the piece further inward."

Mouth Machine 1, 2010

"Mouth Machine 1 endlessly paints the outline of a mouth in lipstick on a piece of glass. The piece was conceived as a meditation on repetition and was made to be shown at a former brothel in Koganecho, Yokohama."

Easy Target, 2011

"Easy Target is a sculpture about time and domestic space comprised of three discrete elements.

The wooden container at the top of the sculpture is filled with one year's worth of collected house dust. A plexiglas partition with holes divides the container into two spaces, with the dust deposited in the back blown to the front by a small fan. The movement of the dust is imperceptible, but over time is revealed in stains around the partition and apertures in the plexiglas.
Underneath the sculpture are two blue corroded metal boxes traditionally used to store Japanese kimono. These boxes are long out of fashion."

Little Prick, 2010

"Little Prick explores two opposing actions working in concert. As the sculpture rotates, its outer discs deposit charcoal in concentric circles on a plastered panel. Simultaneously, a needle driven by these outer discs continuously extends and retracts, lightly chipping at the plaster in the center of the panel."