"Art show with A Fox, Bumblebee, Stag, Raven and (Octomom)
only in New York and only in the Village"
© 2010 John C. Kuchera
New York, NY - October 11th 2010
Danny Olda and his One Man Art Show "Bestiary" will be at the
American Art Gallery from October 19th to November 1st 2010.
The opening will be on Tuesday October 19th 6-8 PM
American Art Gallery
©2010 Danny Olda
Artist Statement: The Bestiary Series
I'm interested in the activity that takes place in the gap between the symbol and the symbolized. The space between the expression of an idea and one's interpretation of it is wildly creative. My paintings look to widen this area, where ironic meanings and sincere ones are indistinguishable, where misinterpretations are reborn as reinterpretation. My work is a not only a study of ambiguity, misunderstanding, humor, accident, and innuendo, but also attempts to be all of these.
The Bestiary series perverts the form of medieval bestiaries in this way to create a modern bestiary. Each panel makes use of medieval theological symbolism to express a modern nihilism. Among other things, the paintings contrast a medieval deification of nature with the modern deification of material goods.
Danny Olda was born in New York City in 1982. His family moved to the Tampa Bay area in Florida three years later.
Danny graduated from Clearwater High School in 2001 and attended St. Petersburg College shortly thereafter. He received a grant in 2004 to attend the Academy of Art University San Francisco.
Danny is now married and again lives in Clearwater, Florida. The contrast of his old Romanian heritage with the contemporary and transient nature of Florida and California informs much of his work.