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Daniel Olson

Visual Arts

Daniel Olson is an installation artist and sculptor whose detailed and sometimes haunting work has been seen in countless galleries across Canada. His eye for detail comes across in the 1998 installation, Private Investigation, which recreates a classic private eye’s office, right down to the worn wooden desk and bottle of scotch. His menacing side was described in a 2002 CanadianART review that called his Oakville installation, Philosophical Moments: “a carnival haunted house on sedatives.” He has received numerous arts grants, including the prestigious Canada Council Paris Studio Award and has been offered several residencies, such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Work Programme. Olson has also published many artists’ books. Born in California to Canadian parents, Olson came to art through degrees in mathematics and architecture. He obtained a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from York University. He’s been making Montreal his home since 2001. (PF)

Beside Myself, 2006, video installation