Zander Olsen: Tree, Line

Zander Olsen: Tree, Line / Cadair Oak 2010

Zander Olsen: Tree, Line / Untitled (Cader) 2008

Zander Olsen; Tree, Line / Duncan Wood 2004

Zander Olsen: Tree, Line / Jhutti 2004

Zander Olsen: Tree, Line / Beeches 2004

Zander Olsen: Tree, Line / Flat Line

Zander Olsen turns landscapes into abstract images.  With incredible precision, Olsen eliminates the horizon line, blends sky with earth, and creates complex compositions that derange our natural understanding of space. As recognizable objects transform into blocks of color, our ordinary perception changes and we judge on visual criteria alone.  The Tree, Line series exemplifies our constant fascination, interaction and manipulation of the natural world around us.

From Olsen: This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales, involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.

Zander Olsen: website

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2 Comments on “Zander Olsen: Tree, Line”

  1. Cam Mannino says:

    Reminds me of the work of Andy Goldsworthy, except he uses all natural materials and often ones with very short temporal lives – ice, water, twigs floating in streams. It is fun how these horizon lines play with your eyes. And how photography figures into both artist’s work.


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