Digital print on Somerset photo satin 300gsm
447 x 293mm
Edition of 30
Dutch-born Saskia Olde Wolbers lives and works locally to the South London Gallery. In 2005 Older Wolbers presented a solo exhibition at the SLG, Trailer, a beautiful, cinematic film following a middle aged man, who discovers that his real parents, who he has never known, were c-list actors in the Thirties. While watching a trailer for a film he learns that his parents disappeared in the jungle shooting their last film and subsequently two species of venomous plants were named after them; the Elmore Vella, a species of flytrap, and Ring Kittle, an ancient red back tree. Olde Wolbers' short narrative videos combine carefully crafted fictional scripts with visuals that reveal other-worldly environments. Off-screen narrators address the fluidity of fact through biographies relating to notions of translation, neurosis and verisimilitude with an eye for wit and the absurd. Referencing computer-generated imagery, her liquid visuals are entirely analogue, shot in real-time in model sets.
Pfui - Pish, Pshaw / Prr, 2017, one of Olde Wolbers' most recent works is a two channel video presentation that deals with the urgent business of toxic waste management and gives voice to Mr Theodosis Alifrangis, the longest-serving worker of a Greek oil spill response company. The work was commissioned by Polyeco's Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) which raises environmental awareness through an art program curated by Nadia Agyropoulou. It was co-commissioned by Invisible Dust who work with leading artists and scientists, to produce works of contemporary art exploring climate change and the environment.
Saskia Olde Wolbers is represented by Maureen Paley London and Stigter van Doesburg Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include: Yes, these Eyes are the Windows, Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, Yes, these Eyes are the Windows, Artangel commission, London, 2014; Art Unlimited, Art Basel 2014; Kinemacolor, Museum M Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2013; Ota Fine Arts in Tokyo and Singapore, 2013; Maureen Paley, London, 2012; Seven Screens, Osram, Munich; A Shot in the Dark, Secession, Vienna, 2011; Goetz Collection, Munich, 2010. Recent group exhibitions/screenings include: Our Machines, The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings 2016, Silence Out Loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen.