Lot #03: Todd Olson Moo Dazzle, 2016
Texas longhorn skull, and mirrors
38 x 52 x 13 in.
The Texas longhorn is a direct descendant of the first cattle introduced to the New World by Christopher Columbus in the late fifteenth century. As the animals proliferated they entered into the life and lore of Native American tribes who honored the generosity of nature by wasting no parts of the animals they hunted. Serving no functional purpose, the skulls were decorated and displayed. Self-taught artist Todd Olson's Moo Dazzle is a contemporary take on this classic Southwestern artistic tradition. The bedazzled longhorn skull catches light and casts it back, illuminating the room with otherworldly flair. Olson is especially drawn to the transformational and life-affirming aspects of such art.
Olson has exhibited at the Overture Gallery in Madison, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, and the University of California, Riverside, as well as at private galleries in California and Wisconsin.