Olof Sorensen
Olof Sorensen
My paintings are not representations; they are presentations. They are objects–objects to be contemplated. They have more in common with music than with representational works. I think in terms of a principal (masculine) theme, that is, the geometric forms, and a contrasting secondary or feminine theme, the loose, flowing movements. Line, or melody, strengthens, widens, and contracts much as a musical line; line, colors, textures and forms repeat, invert, contrast and are juxtaposed for heightened effect. The totality of the work is important; every part should seem to belong to the whole, while never repeating another part exactly. In the three dimensional canvases there is a play of real depth contrasted with the illusion of depth. In all of the work, I hope that the excitement I feel while working is reflected in the excitement of the final object.

The works are on canvas stretched over quality wood. The three dimensional works consist of three or four stretchers, each a different thickness (2", 3" 4" and at times 6" pine). Canvas is then stretched over these "boxes," which are nailed together and then primed with gesso. The two dimensional paintings are constructed from two or more frames interlocked into the final shape. The outer edges of are lined with reversed quarter rounds to prevent any lines of the stretcher from showing on the surface of the work.

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