Image by Karin Olah
SCOOP studios Contemporary Art Gallery presents the farewell solo show “Unwound and Bound” by Karin Olah with a “Bon Voyage Preview” on Saturday, July 30th, from 5 to 8 p.m. with the artist in attendance and treats by Sugar Bakeshop.
Unwound and Bound is on view through August 27th and includes 20 new original works of art that combines Olah’s two series, floral and abstract. “I am finding connections between winding vines and thread on a spool. I am letting the organic shapes learned from my first series (floral) transform in to abstract studies,” explains Olah. Using fabric, she works in a manner that mimics the flow of paint from a brush. Intricately cut, placed, and pasted textiles are combined with gouache, acrylic, and graphite to create Collage Paintings that are deep in color and texture.
Growing up in Lancaster County, PA, Karin Olah was exposed to the beauty and ingenuity of Amish Quilts that directly influences her artwork. “Fabric is a versatile material, one that I have an emotional response to. I am interested in finding metaphorical connections between fabric and subject matter,” professes Olah. Charleston, SC and the Lowcountry have been home to Olah for nine years where she has made a name for herself being one of Charleston Magazine’s “Under the Radar” in 2006, “Charleston Contemporaries” in 2009 and her image was chosen for the “Spotlight Concert Series” during Piccolo Spoleto this year as well as the cover of Charleston Art Magazine’s summer issue. She is setting out for a new adventure in Colorado where she will continue to create new works of art while collectors can find Olah’s work exclusively in Charleston, SC at SCOOP studios.