Jan Frank | Art in America

Olsen Irwin artist, Jan Frank, discusses his most recent exhibition at Nahmad Contemporary with Art in America’s Raphael Rubenstein. The exhibition features Frank’s works on paper in response to John Chamberlain’s sculpture practice. Both Frank’s works on paper and a single Chamberlain sculpture are exhibited together to form a thought provoking exhibition.

“A show currently on view at New York gallery Nahmad Contemporary (through July 26) demonstrates that Chamberlain’s painted-metal sculptures can also connect with the medium of drawing, especially when the drawings have been made with Chamberlain’s work in mind. In the exhibition a single classic Chamberlain sculpture titled Gangster of Love (1985) is surrounded by “Crushed,” a series of 32 abstract, mostly linear, black-ink drawings made in 2011 by Amsterdam-born, New York-based artist Jan Frank.” – Raphael Rubenstein, Art in America

Read the interview in full here on the Art in America website.



Jan Frank | Nahmad Contemporary | NYC

Olsen Irwin artist Jan Frank’s work is currently on show at Nahmad Contemporary in New York. Running from 25 June to 26 July 2014, the exhibition includes exhibited thirty-two ink drawings by Frank, encircling a single sculpture by John Chamberlain.

“John and I had a relationship for almost 25 years, always with the idea of showing together. Upon viewing his last show at Gagosian Gallery, NYC (2011). I was prompted to title and dedicate to him a large series of drawings I was about to embark on, positioning me to twist the lines to compress a form akin to the totem. In the “Crush” series for John Chamberlain, I found the sculptures produced for John’s last show so elegantly monumental, that homage to his work felt so honorable, and this reflection injected a sculptural glamour into my drawings; it gave me a new step.” – Jan Frank

Jan Frank: Gangster of Love / CRUSHED
A series of drawings for John Chamberlain
25 June – 26 July 2014

Nahmad Contemporary
980 Madison Avenue
3rd FloorNew York, NY 10075   JNA_JanFrank_0625148290_web JNA_JanFrank_0625148297_webJNA_JanFrank_0625148275 installs_web


Olsen Irwin | The New York Times

The New York Times‘ Tony Perrottet visited Olsen Irwin on a recent trip to Sydney. Tasked with discovering the city’s cultural highlights, Perrottet refrained from visiting Sydney’s iconic beaches and landmarks.

“I bounced around the established galleries in Paddington and Woollahra, including Roslyn Oxley9, a light-filled space hidden below a sandstone bluff, and Olsen Irwin, where the caliber of art would be perfectly at home in one of the galleries beside New York’s High Line.” – Tony Perrottet, The New York Times, 11 April 2014

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Tamara Dean | Blouin Artinfo

Tamara Dean has been featured on global art news website Blouin Artinfo, in celebration of her selection as a finalist in the prestigious New York Photo Awards for her new series The Edge.

“Dean’s powerful images exploring the informal rituals and rites of passage of young people within the natural world have won numerous awards, including the Olive Cotton Award and Sydney Life: Art & About. Her work has been exhibited around Australia and internationally, most recently at the 2013 Aspettando FotoLeggendo festival in Rome.” – Nicholas Forrest, Blouin Artinfo

Dean also explains the concept behind her most recent series The Edge, “In our increasingly secular society there are less and less formal transitionary markers, structured rites of passage and significant rituals for young people to guide them through critical stages in their lives.”

Read the article here on the Blouin Artinfo website.

Nominated in the category ‘Fine Art Series’, six images from Dean’s nominated series are currently on show as part of the New York Photo Festival as The Powerhouse Arena until February 24.

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Tamara Dean, The Creek, 2013, Photograph on archival cotton rag paper, 75 x 100cm

Tamara Dean’s The Edge series will be exhibited at Olsen Irwin for Art Month Sydney from March 5 to 23

Tamara Dean
The Edge
5 – 23 March 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025