The Dusk/Dawn videos come in an edition of 5.
Comments/Context: In the past decade, we have seen a flowering of photographic work that is overtly staged and constructed, where narratives have become more cinematic and controlled, far beyond the reaches of simple documentary truth. In his previous work, the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf has used this style of picture making to create a wide variety of unsettling and tension filled scenes; regardless of the specifics of the scene he has set, there is always a sense of mystery and ambiguity, of not being able to entirely understand exactly what is going on. Anxiety, restlessness, agitation, and yearning are repeatedly mixed together into a potent cocktail of pregnant emotional overtones, sometimes amplified to the point of caricature.
All of these images have a dreamy, almost airbrushed perfection to them; the narratives and characters have been formalized to the point of convention or ritual - they are no longer specific people or events, but generalized representations of something more abstract. Put in the context of his previous work (like the projects Grief or Hope), Olaf seems to be working his way down a long list of subtle human emotions, creating allegorical depictions of invisible feelings and conflicting moods that typically resist easy documentation. When he gets the disquiet just right, his works are the exact opposite of cool, unemotional contemporary photography; the images shimmer with stylized charged atmosphere, strong emotions teetering on the edge of breaking through the self-imposed restraint.
Collector's POV: All of the works in this show are priced in escalating editions, with various intermediate prices along the way depending on the location in the edition. The Dusk and Dawn series images are priced in the same way, as follows:
29x18 - $5500 to $12000
50x 31 - $8250 to $12750
32x57 - $8250 to $14000
52x94 - $14000 to $21000
The Hotel images are priced as follows:
32x24 - $10250 to $13500
54x41 - $16250 to $21000
25x44 - $10250 to $13500
41x72 - $16250 to $21000
Olaf's work has just started to enter the secondary markets in the past few years. Prices have ranged from $2000 to $40000.
Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)
- Artist site (here)
- Reviews: Style.com (here), New York (here), T Magazine blog (here), NY Times, 2006 (here)
Through March 20th
Hasted Hunt Kraeutler
New York, NY 10011