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Olivia Locher

How To See The Sun (II), 2017

on reverse: a studio visit interview with Olivia Locher by Romke Hoogwaerts

Olivia Locher was born in 1990 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She has resided in Manhattan, NYC since 2009. Locher is known for her sarcastic approach to studio photography with a heavy focus on color and concept. Her photographs are grounded in dreamlands and consciousness, while Olivia herself is generally dreaming. She breathes carefully and dances very rarely. She is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC.

When we asked her about her poster, here's what she said:

OL I shot that in 2012 and I was in astronomy class. The professor at SVA was talking about a way that you could look at the sun without burning out your retinas. You hold binoculars and shine the sun through and it projects on the paper. You could see the sun spots and, yeah. So I went home and found our old binoculars and I’m like, let’s run out to the yard and see if we could see it.

RFP That’s cool. I like that a lot.

OL Yeah. What you do is, you tape up the one end of the binoculars so it only shines through one lens. But that’s one of the funny things I took from that class. How To was my thesis project and then I abandoned it and now I’m coming back to it. It’s fun to come back to it with fresh eyes.