Image above by Erwin Olaf, The Ice Cream Parlor, 2004, Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler, NYC.
Hasted Kraeutler opened exhibition, Waiting: Selections from Erwin Olaf: Volume I & II, a wide selection from Erwin Olaf’s artworks. Organized to celebrate Aperture’s release of the new monograph Volume II, following the 2008 debut of Volume I. The exhibition is an abbreviated retrospective for the internationally celebrated artist, beginning January 8 and running through February 28, 2015.
Erwin Olaf, Shen Zhen 2, 2014, Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler, NYC.
Waiting unites a careful selection of images culled from the astounding collection contained in both of Aperture’s volumes. It also marks the worldwide unveiling of the new series, Waiting, which includes recent photographs and a related video installation—functioning, therefore, both as the collective title for Olaf’s latest work and as an apt description of his production throughout recent decades.
Erwin Olaf, (Left) Keyhole 3, 2011; (Right) Portrait 1, Shen Zhen, 2014, Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler, NYC.
The exhibition is anchored by a split-screen video installation that occupies a room conceived specifically for it, and features a poignant musical score created in close collaboration with a composer over the course of six weeks. Drawing on the shapes and shadows of film noir, the piece depicts a striking young woman with a sharp black bob as she sits at a round table in a restaurant, waiting for someone. Pictured from a different angle on each of the two screens, she appears elegant and self-possessed, at first, but as the moments pass with no sign of her date, her patience frays.
Erwin Olaf, 50 years, I Wish/I Am/I Will Be, 2009, Courtesy of the Artist and Hasted Kraeutler, NYC.