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Studio Talk with Dianna Molzan and Alex Olson



Get an inside view of ways that artists are making the age-old medium of painting contemporary with Painter Painter artists Dianna Molzan and Alex Olson.

Rather than deconstructing painting, Molzan says she’s “exploring and maximizing everything up for grabs inherent to it.” Olson focuses on making works “that prompt a desire to read, but without providing precise language to do so.”

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Los Angeles–based Molzan received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001) and an MFA from the University of Southern California (2009). She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2012), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011), and her gallery, Overduin and Kite in Los Angeles (2009). Several of her works were included in the show All of this and nothing at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011).

Olson, who also lives and works in Los Angeles, received a BA from Harvard University (2001) and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2008). She is represented by Lisa Cooley, New York; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.