Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts: Henrik Olesen ‘The Walk’

by Admin on 06/17/2015

03/16/2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

WattisUnderneath everything, there’s dirt. Most of the time, we regulate and contain it. We cover it up with floors, roads, buildings, even entire cities. When it spills, we sweep it up—it’s as if we were hiding or repressing it.

Henrik Olesen adds dirt to the neatness and sexlessness of conceptual art. He is drawn to surfaces that are scarred, deformed, uneven, and deliberately rough. He works against all that is antiseptic and towards an art that recognizes desire, profanity, obscenity, perversion, and jouissance as productive and emancipatory forces. If Olesen is dirty, it’s because he takes the culturally constructed boundaries that separate man from woman, gay from straight, normal from abnormal, and dirties t…hem up. He queers all that is fixed and organized, replacing it with the dissolved and the disorganized—the polysexual.

For this exhibition, Olesen creates a site-specific installation of new work along with a selection of existing works from the past five years.


Henrik Olesen (b. 1967, Esbjerg, Denmark) lives and works in Berlin.


Curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by Leila Grothe. Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Danish Arts Foundation, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Eleanor Cayre, and the Wattis Institute’s Curator’s Forum. Special thanks to Galerie Buchholz.


http://wattis.org/ view?id=433

CCA Wattis Institute
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco

Image: Henrik Olesen. “Hysterical Men 2,” 2013.