DENNIS OLSON



Born in Los Angeles, California
Dennis Olsen, a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1964 and M.A., 1967), developed a deep attachment to Italy while studying there on Fulbright Grant that led to his co-founding of the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre in Florence in 1972. After joining the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1980, he continued to teach there every summer and today he is the Director of the facility renamed the Santa Reparata International School of Art in 2000. The architecture of Antiquity and Renaissance Italy are suggested in the intaglio created during his residency (October 21-25, 1996) at UNO. "These pieces rely on photorealism to create tension between the possible and the improbable…I attempt to create forms and places which appear photographically real at first glance," he explained of his digitally produced environments. Olsen was a pioneer of printmaking's newest technology. Of the advantages of computer generated prints, he observed, "I am able to work with more complex architectural space than I could before. I can look at many different possibilities before I make up my mind as to what I want to do—instead of imagining them—I can actually see fifty different possibilities."




Omaha Agora
1996; computer generated color lithograph; image: 19 5/8 x 14 3/4 (48.26 x 35.56, sheet: 21 5/8 x 28 (53.34 x 71.12); edition of 18