Must See Art: Robert Olsen and Adam Ross

by Amra Brooks, LA Weekly, January 4th–10th, 2008

Robert Olsen and Adam Ross, “Utopias” at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery

Robert Olsen and Adam Ross both explore the meaning of utopia in their paintings — the concept of utopia itself being an imagined ideal that is ultimately unattainable. Olsen's paintings focus on desolate urban spaces: the iconic 76 gas-station ball against a pitch-black sky, an empty bench on a train platform. The subjects, painted from different angles, feel stark and cold, as if lit with fluorescent lights in complete darkness. Ross deals with a more sci-fi depiction of what also feels like an abstracted urban space. His paintings are fragmented, creating a kind of anxiety inherent in his vision.