STEVE OLSON "HANGIN'" @ Known Gallery, Los Angeles

March 03, 2012

Good friend of Juxtapoz and Thrasher Magazine, and all around icon of Southern California, Steve Olson is opening a short-running exhibition, Hangin', at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, tonight, March 3.

Steve Olson, a pro skateboarder in the 70?s and 80?s and prominent figure in the L.A. and San Francisco Punk Rock scene, creates Post Modern work that weaves narrative themes of capitalism, pop culture, social decay, and modern banality with the energy and fun of early Punk. Steve Olson’s work confronts and undermines the way society constructs and imposes a traditional hierarchy of cultural values and meanings by critiquing contemporary society and our relationship with it. The artwork explores power and the way economic and social forces exert that power by shaping the identities of individuals and culture. Questioning the nature and extent of our freedom his art challenges our acquiescence to authority and conventional thought.

“My Art gives contemporary art a juvenile delinquent phase. It’s self-made style icons gleefully trashed conventions of beauty and society while pick pocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the previous centuries…” -Steve Olson