A- A+

Olson-Larsen Galleries Hosts New Work

August 13, 2014

Olson-Larsen Galleries will host an opening reception for NEW WORK, a group exhibition featuring artwork by Brent Holland, Anna Lambrini Moisiadis and Gabriel Lueders on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display through October 4.

Of his work, Brent Holland writes, “In my case, there is a struggle to retain a personal identity, and my work is part of a conscious effort to pay close attention to the nuances of human behavior and individual psychology. To have a better understanding of the complex nature of being alive in the 21st Century, I must observe the details of my sphere of existence." Holland uses mixed media to explore subjects ranging from self-portraiture to still life compositions. Holland is an associate professor in the College of Design at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received his MFA degree in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and he received his BFA degree in drawing from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He exhibits his work nationally.

Frequent travels to her father’s hometown of Ioannina in Northwestern Greece serve as the starting point for Anna Lambrini Moisiadis’ artwork. She says, "My artwork references my own history, an experience in a multicultural, multilingual family. As I have walked among the ruins of Greece and through the narrow streets of its modern cities, I think of those stories and wonder about the architecture…The visible passage of time, the layers, the colors and patterns, are seductive and have shaped how I view the world: a constant circle of strength and delicacy, development and deterioration. I explore these aesthetics and ideas in my art through the process of repetition. Like the architecture I grew up with, the paper I work on is constructed, built on, demolished, and renovated through cutting, stacking, stitching, and repeated marks. The materials I use, paper, copper and ink integrate to manifest the human condition…the layers of the art process and reflects what it means to be human: an endeavor for perfection with the limitations of our physiological and psychological state. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Lambrini Moisiadis received her Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College, in Amherst MA, with a concentration in printmaking, and her MFA from UW-Madison in 2009.  Her work has appeared in a number of national and international shows.

Gabriel Lueders is a contemporary artist known for using diverse media ranging from oil painting to kinetic metal sculpture. Of his work, Lueders writes, "In one sense, art is my first language. It's the language I use to express things that can't be said in words. I can challenge something familiar and show how it is actually indefinable.” Lueders has always been fascinated by nature, inspired by occurrences of spatial coherence and variances in light and dark. Observing phenomena such as storm cloud formations, starling murmurations and movement in trees, the artist deconstructs natural forms through his artistic process, exploring what is left once socially constructed interpretations are taken away. Lueders incited attention in the contemporary art world for his radical performances which he took on tour, exhibiting in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. After studying sculpture and intermedia at the University of Iowa.

On Sept. 27 Olson-Larsen will host a gallery talk with Brent Holland and Gabriel Lueders, facilitated by local art consultant Liz Lidgett. The third in a series of talk to celebrate their thirty-fifth year anniversary, the gallery talk begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

For more information about these or any Olson-Larsen artists, please visit our web site, olsonlarsen.com.

About Olson-Larsen Galleries

Olson-Larsen Galleries is located at 203 Fifth Street in West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. Olson-Larsen Galleries represent the finest of original artwork by Iowa and regional artists.  The gallery maintains a diverse inventory that includes work in virtually all art mediums.  The gallery also offers a variety of services including consulting, presentations and proposals for both corporate and individual clients, museum-quality framing, and commissioned works of art.