Art Gallery Gets Bagged

Dustin Lee Olson’s art opening Saturday night had all the drama of a superhero action movie with deception, villains, and masked disguises greeting art enthusiasts at Gallery Three in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District on May 9, 2009.

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Artist Dustin Lee Olson shows up for his art opening with a brown bag on his head to go with the theme of his show, "Fantastic in the Sack."
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Before Olson showed up author Jon Longhi, seen here on the right, said scanning the crowd, "In this one, how do you tell who the artist is unless he has a bag over his head?"
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A short while later the Bag Heads arrived to Gallery Three, recently relocated to the space above White Walls, next door to the Shooting Gallery.
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Once upstairs, people pretty much ignored the bagged ones, slowly moving away from them as they gathered.
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Here it appears that the three Bag Heads are co-mingling with one another. Dustin Lee Olson is in the middle and Morgan Moeller-Margerin is on the right.
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The people move as far away from the bags as possible without leaving the room.
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Here's the lady with the camera following the bags around.
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Here's an example of Olson's work. Author Jon Longhi looks and says, "At least the women are wearing protection."
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The show had a good turn out, probably the most people I've seen up there at once.
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Artist Eric Joyner takes in the art.
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Checking out the bagged sheep painting.
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I liked how the lights of the New Century strip club were coming through the window, but this photo doesn't quite do it justice.
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There we go, that's more like it!
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Dustin Lee Olson and I went outside to the back alley to get away for a minute and he told me that the whole reason he did this series of paintings was because he hated the actual night of the show openings and he wished he could wear a bag on his head to hide from everyone.
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The gallery’s P.R. packet says Olson’s “cohesive collection of eight paintings denotes elements of sexism juxtaposed with sweetness and beauty… he uses the nude body to discuss themes of sexuality and socialization.”
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He said his name was Morgan Moeller-Margerin and he claimed that he came alone with a bag on his head thinking Olson would like it. “It almost seemed like there would be more people with bags on their heads.”
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These two claimed to not know each other, but when I looked them up online I found that they are facebook friends, with each person have less than 100 connections on F.B. (So they probably do know each other, right?)
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This one slipped past me and I never got to do a proper interrogation.
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Although, I did get to snap this picture of the infamous Michael Pepe with Bag Head.
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I liked this picture because you could see Dustin Lee Olson's right eye clearly behind the bag, but it doesn't look so good on here, sorry.
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An unidentifiable couple discuss the painting.
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Ian Johnson was showing new work in White Walls, the gallery next door to the Shooting Gallery and below Gallery Three.
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ArtBuisness.com art consultant Alan Bamberger sizes up one of Johnson's paintings for his website.
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This bag had a little mouth and nose drawn on with some expressive (angry) eyebrow details.
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Olson checks out Isabel Samaras' show "Into the Woodz" over at the Shooting Gallery.
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I like this shot...
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... but I think this is probably my favorite of the night.
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When Olson first arrived, he didn't have a mouth...
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...but then a short time later he did. Curious.
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Michael Pepe and his lady soaking it in (in-between calls).
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The man claiming to be Morgan Moeller-Margerin in the early part of the evening...
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...and a look a little later in the night.
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