Currently on view at the Dobbs Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama are new fabric collages by Karin Olah. The Dobbs Gallery is a new space in Birmingham, devoted to showing work of established and emerging contemporary artists. The exhibition, titled Arrivals, cleverly marks the artist first solo exhibition with the gallery as well as a new body of work. Olah has gained a reputation in the SouthEast for her fabric collages which attempt to mimic elements of the natural world through the formal vocabulary of line, form, color and space. Olah’s work responds to the history of textiles and quilt making by using fabric to mimic the line and texture of paint.
Olah is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore with a major in Fiber Arts and currently lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. She was recently included in the publications American Contemporary Art and Art Business News. Recent exhibitions have included works in the South Carolina State Museum, Redux Contemporary Art Center and Eva Carter Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.