Oliver Walter Solmitz

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Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2016, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 48 x 30 x 5 in.
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2016, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 48 x 30 x 5 in.
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2016, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 13 x 21 x 3 in.
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2015, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 49 x 20 x 5 in.
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2015 Steel, Concrete, Paper Towels, and Paint, 35 x 24 x 58 in.

Questions often begin with abstraction of domestic concepts while looking for the point of balance at which an endeavor has been reduced to its bare essentials, but retains formal and conceptual relationships. I’m also walking the line between a minimal aesthetic and allowing evidence of the human hand. Lastly, less precious materials such as tarps, cardboard, and paper towels have become important to the work, which is interdisciplinary.

Having had a Swiss mother, Oliver learned to appreciate clean lines, as well as space. But then the American-Swiss artist went to architecture school (halfway through a Paramedic career), where the importance of human scale in materials was stressed.  Later, walking through the woods to and from a remote home he built and used to live in, Ollie often wondered if rules of architecture could be broken to make sculpture.  This manifested in his work as cantilevered projections and tenuous stability.  Similarly, frustration in the architectural design process became motivation for working a diversity of materials with his hands.  Subequently, early into his MFA program, Ollie’s work left painting for an interdisciplinary process ascending from both sculpture, and color relationships.  Today, his work embraces the tension found between modern materials and allowing evidence of the human hand to remain.

Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2016, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 48 x 30 x 5 in. 5 months ago
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2016, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 13 x 21 x 3 in. 5 months ago
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2015, Cardboard, Paint, and Hardware, 49 x 20 x 5 in. 5 months ago
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled, 2015 Steel, Concrete, Paper Towels, and Paint, 35 x 24 x 58 in. 5 months ago
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