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Los Angeles based artist Jonah Fernandez Olson uses printmaking, rubbing, drawing, collage, and other markmaking techniques to investigate the process of landscape formation and the relationships between changing and static, internal and external personal environments. Recently he has been creating work focusing on the San Gabriel Mountains, the fastest growing and fastest eroding mountain range in the world.

“In my case, “drawing” is the formation of any object, and the object acts as landscape.  I believe land formation, at its core, is no different from drawing, and the artist forms landscapes in a way that is no different in essence from how the earth’s surface is self generating, or how anything is created.

The creation, collection, and re-appropriation of elements colliding to form a topographical object is the drawing.  The studio is the “core” containing his ephemeral detritus. Here, material has been melted down, eroded, and regurgitated into layers.  Color is used as it surfaces in availability and necessity.  Formations become descriptive or obscure.  Landscapes endure, or they die at a faster rate and re-enter the core.  The crust is fluid. “

 

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