OZN 32 is a project of pure visual joy. Is a series of misprinted photographs taken in the mountains of transilvanian landscape. They are printed on spray painted surfaces, each A4 size. The series show the environment and surroundings in which I work and reflect - the nature and studio space.
A collection of everyday shots
Edit (Relational Aesthetics) - M.A. Show
Edit was a a part of a bigger project built together with a group of 4 other artists where all of us blended our works together. My bit was called Edit which had 2 elements: the edited walls and the edited book. Briefly, the purpose of those was to promote a visual language, understandable by everyone, without needing words.
‘By carefully editing the walls Olar has revealed a ‘meta-text'. Holes revealed, tape and paint layers peeled back, new marks excavated from past students in the studio. For Olar, this process explores her concern that art should be understood as expression and experience and not through the tools of written or coded, spoken language. In this space, Olar has created a language, in which traces, underlines, personal marks and symbols act unconsciously. As her title implies, Relational Aesthetics, from Bourriaud's text, she is concerned with encounter, proximity and resisting social formatting.’ - Esther Windsor, Curator, MA Fine Art Programme Leader
The show took part in Birimgham School of Arts, Birmingham UK, in September 2018
Plants&Fruits&Meals in Autumn
Playing with Technology - Materials interacting
Playing with Technology - Materials interacting is a series of digital prints - prinscreens taken with phone. The works are moments surprised during live interactions between elements like gunpowder, water, fire, ice, sand, air, etc. in digital environment (more precisely in “Sandbox” app). This projects opens a dialogue between “real” materials and how they interact when the reality is changed (from physical world to digital one). When the material is taken out of its original context and transposed in a different one, it acts according to the new environment - in this case, the virtual reality.
Mesaje de interes Lokal - Messages of Lokal interest
“Mesaje de interes Lokal” (En: “Messages of Lokal interest”) is a publication made of bits of publications/flyers/books found in Lokal (a pub in Bucharest), which were collected and collated.
Portable Expanding Cloth – is a multi-purpose textile which was made during my 1st stage of minimalism: letting go of things. I gathered only the materials which really delighted my eye and sewed them all together. The Portable Expanding Cloth is in the process of becoming a cloth which can act however one’s imagination wishes to: it can be a cape, it can be a dress, it may be a hammock, it may be a fort to hide in, it may be a luggage to carry your stuff in, it may be whatever you want! Process still going on…
Clay Play Catch
Clay Play Catch is a project which grew from a strong desire to get in touch with close friends and family from home, while I was living and in The UK, Birmingham.
Clay Play Catch represents a statement for the people who have to leave their home countries, home towns, to study or earn their living away. Because of various politics or social tough situations many people don’t see this transaction necessary as a pleasure, but more of a need. One could feel he’s cast off their home to find a better living for himself and/or for family.
This feeling of distance translated into a personal art project called Clay Play Catch, where I decided to send a wet ball of clay from Birmingham, the temporary place I was living, to my parents in Bucharest. It was my way of getting in touch with home. They have been sending the ball back to me (after they watered it in order to keep its softness) and I back to them, and so on for several times. Those were the instructions of the project. My purpose was to record this distance between me and them, which distance turned itself in a personal archive and lately, into a installation. The project was an experimental and progressive one, which had therapeutic effect as well.
First, the material I used was very important. Clay has its own properties of being soft, malleable and able to empathizes with its surroundings, on one hand (which reflects the way I interact with mine). On the other hand it can be very hard and stiff too. (For more details about the properties of the clay and experiments, I invite you to visit my Tumblr page: http://anaioanaolar.tumblr.com/)
Next, as I mentioned before, Clay Play Catch was an experiment so I wasn’t supposed to know what will happen next, or the consequences of this project might have been. This being said, at some point when I sent the parcel to Bucharest, my beloved ball of clay got lost somewhere in between Birmingham and Bucharest. It never arrived in Bucharest, nor was returned to Birmingham. At this point of the process i decided to take advantage of the situation and put up the exhibition called Clay Play Catch - In Memoriam, at IPS space in Birmingham School of Art, in the Spring of 2018.
So, I recalled all the object that surrounded the ball of clay in my last received parcel, as one does after someone’s lose (in Romanian tradition at least), exhibited them and gave away the objects afterwards.
Selfie - Analogue
Selfie - Analogue was my B.A. diploma project. The work questions the identity of man nowadays, one confusing the image of himself with the advertised one on social media platforms. Due to this contradiction, the project has been approached traditionally and raw, adopting Ana Mendieta’s manner. The “Selfie” project contained six face-printed acrylic canvases and one video, as process documentation.
Dream Fountain is a project made in collaboration with Eduard Bălaș . Because of its shape one would expect to find the bottom at the end of the bowl, but surprisingly, it goes deeper. The Dream Fountain is filled with warm water with a layer of white, light textile on top. The audience is invited to dip their hands in and search for the bottom.
Linocuts & Prints
Paintings of Summer '16
I like to experiment different kinds of games and techniques during painting, so it can be always fun and entertaining during the process. Here, is a collection of paintings made during the summer of ‘16. That’s all folks!