the portraits of erik olson with their definition of stroke and uninterrupted backgrounds have a uncanny and disturbing effect on me; his reductionist abstractions are more than a deconstructivist exercise… it ventures to extract the components of being and simultaneously succeeds in introducing a dynamism that brings the foreground subject to life against the static background. this creates the required depth that stands in contrast to the naive brushwork of the image. i find the work seriously powerful and although some pieces are a bit contrived for my taste i would like to see more of the confident simplicity that i find so attractive.