Alex Olson, Kristin Dickson-Okuda, Gillian Garcia and Shin Okuda
Slip Covers
June 26 - August 25, 2018

Blue Projects is pleased to present Slip Covers, an exhibition bringing together the work of four Los Angeles-based artists and designers. The works on show include paintings, coats, furniture and a film that explore the potential to create a concentrated experience. The intricacies of individual perception are at the core of the exhibition, offering meditations on the effects of colour and form, and how we take in information.

Alex Olson’s oil paintings created for this exhibition are small and intimate in scale. They are produced as tools for the viewer, each one made for a different outcome, such as “for focus” or “for energy”. Specific combinations of colour and elemental brushstrokes act as sites of contemplation that engage the eye and brain towards these specific ends. Kristin Dickson-Okuda’s coats are made from dyed silk organza using natural ingredients known for their medicinal properties. The visitor is invited to select a coat to wear while engaging with the exhibition. The palette and related plant spectrum for the coats were created in collaboration with Sasha Duerr, basing the selection on natural dyes with historical healing applications. Shin Okuda’s furniture offers interludes of physical contemplation while Gillian Garcia’s film, The Secret Sound, explores sensorial engagement, reflecting on the experiential propositions permeating the exhibition.

Alex Olson is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She is represented by Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Altman Siegel, San Francisco, and Laura Bartlett, London.

Kristin Dickson-Okuda is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles. Her design work, produced under the name Rowena Sartin, focuses on the expressive potential of clothing and the various environments it can occupy. Dickson-Okuda also runs a multi-faceted space called iko iko – an open studio, showroom and event space ongoing since 2009. For this exhibition, Dickson-Okuda has collaborated with Sasha Duerr, an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes and place-based recipes. Duerr is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in Textiles and Fine Arts where she designs curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural colour, slow food, fashion and social practice. She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes (Timber Press / Workman, 2011) and Natural Color (Watson-Guptill / Ten Speed Press, 2016).

Gillian Garcia is a filmmaker and photographer working in Los Angeles.

Shin Okuda runs an LA-based studio called WAKA WAKA focusing on wood furniture and functional objects that he designs and crafts by hand. Okuda was born in Fukuoka, Japan and now lives and works in Los Angeles. 

Alex Olson

For Confidence, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Creativity, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Grounding, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Levity, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Patience, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Relaxation, 2018

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Progress, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For a Shift in Perspective, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Anxiety, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Balance, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Energy, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Alex Olson

For Focus, 2017

Oil on canvas

27.94 x 21.59 cm, 11 x 8.5 ins

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

White Silk Organza, 2017

White silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Crown Chakra, Violet, 2017

Violet Lavender flowers dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Third Eye Chakra, Indigo, 2017

Indigo dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Throat Chakra, Blue, 2017

Red cabbage with alum, salt dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Heart Chakra, Green, 2017

Rosemary with iron dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Solar Plexus Chakra, Yellow, 2017

Oxalis / sourgrass dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Sacral Chakra, Orange, 2017

Tumeric dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Root Chakra, Red, 2017

Madder root dyed silk organza with plexi hanger

Shin Okuda

Straight back cylinder back chair, 2018

Baltic birch plywood

76 x 41 x 53 cm, 30 x 16 x 21 ins

Shin Okuda

Straight back cylinder back chair, 2018

Baltic birch plywood

76 x 41 x 53 cm, 30 x 16 x 21 ins

Shin Okuda

Cylinder back armchair, 2018

Black lacquered Baltic birch plywood

68.5 x 55 x 56 cm, 27 x 21.5 x 22 ins

Shin Okuda

Cylinder back armchair, 2018

Black lacquered Baltic birch plywood

68.5 x 55 x 56 cm, 27” x 21.5” x 22”

Shin Okuda

Spool Stool, 2018

Red lacquered Baltic birch plywood

43 x 35.5 cm, 16.5 x 14 ins

Shin Okuda

Spool Stool, 2018

Grey lacquered Baltic birch plywood

43 x 35.5 cm, 16.5 x 14 ins

Shin Okuda

Silhouette Bench, 2018

Baltic birch plywood

44 x 153 x 43cm, 17.3 x 60.2 x 16.9 ins

Gillian Garcia

The Secret Sound, 2017

S16mm, 8mm, colour and sound

6 min

Gillian Garcia

The Secret Sound, 2017

S16mm, 8mm, colour and sound

6 min

Gillian Garcia

The Secret Sound, 2017

S16mm, 8mm, colour and sound

6 min

Gillian Garcia

The Secret Sound, 2017

S16mm, 8mm, colour and sound

6 min