Oliver Wasow

Oliver Wasow at Theodore:Art

Opening March 2nd, Theodore:Art will present a survey exhibition of photographer and faculty member Oliver Wasow’s work, spanning the years 1983 to 2018. The reception will take place March 2nd from 6 to 9 with the exhibition running through April 22nd. For more details, please click here.

Oliver Wasow occupies a unique place in the history of photography. He began his career as a younger member of the Pictures Generation and has remained consistently in the vanguard of technological innovation and issues central to contemporary photographic discourse. His pre-digital work of the 1980s anticipated the seismic shifts brought on by the digital revolution today, addressing photographic veracity, the cultural production of spectacle, post-production practice, and questions of authorship and ownership.

In many ways Wasow’s work of the past three and a half decades is a record of a world in transition, a world moving not only from the analog to the digital but from the natural to the technological sublime. His images, influenced by popular culture, fine art and vernacular photography alike, are often filtered through the unsettling and seductive world of special effects. Of particular interest to Wasow are the ways in which the visual tropes of romantic landscape painting, advertising and science fiction overlap to suggest a world dictated by the twin emotions of fear and desire.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Oliver Wasow was born in Madison Wisconsin in 1960. Wasow has had many one person exhibitions, including shows at Theodore:Art, Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA. He was also the proprietor of Cash Newhouse Gallery in the East Village 1984-87. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including such benchmark exhibitions as ‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Image World,’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC, and ‘The Photography of Invention,’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. His photographs are included in a number of private collections and are also represented in various prominent public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times.

Wasow will be releasing a new book titled “Friends, Enemies and Strangers”. The book contain a wide selection of images both made and found by Wasow, and includes text and essays by the writer Rabih Allenmedine and the artist Matthew Weinstein; it will be published by Saint Lucy Press. The book will be available Spring 2018.