Garage Still Lifes by Corey Olsen

Published by Silent Sound (2015)
40 Pages, 29 × 23.5 cm, Paperback

“Somewhere among a tedious hardware store display window, a five-year-old’s depiction of his parent’s garage, and the sort of ‘do-what-you-can-with-what-you-have’ installation art of the moment are Corey Olsen’s Garage Still Lifes. A self-described “time capsule” filled with “a bunch of crap that was meant to make sense together but doesn’t to an outsider,” Olsen’s garage yields images that are unconcerned with utilitarian order. On the contrary, the pictures beam with crafty solutions, mischievous combinations, and the type of nostalgia that makes you smirk more than jerk a tear. Rusted paint rollers balanced on a green grate, a Pokémon card roped tightly to an ancient can of gasoline, a sheet of graph paper sprinkled with fuses and frustratingly small parts that only your dad would understand – these relationships won’t subsist and they weren’t meant to. But for the camera, Olsen’s curiously constructed, free-thinking, wisecracking exhibition thrives in full color.”

– David Brandon Geeting

Olsen further describes this project as an attempt to make sense of these objects in a particular time and context, explore their misconnections and create still lifes that possess nostalgia and meaning, primarily expressed through form and colour.