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December 12, 2002 | James Verini, Special to The Times
"I once worked as a garbage-sifter for McDonald's," says Robert Olsen, who now makes enough as a painter of careful urban still lifes not to have to take such jobs. "Me and this other guy went around and counted discarded straws and sugar packets and then reported the numbers." A garbage-sifter? For a study? A consultancy? "Something like that," he says, his mind moving elsewhere, as it will. When Olsen offers such answers, they suffice. It is 1:30 a.m.
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April 20, 2014 | By David Colker
Robert Olsen, a critically acclaimed artist known for his luminescent paintings of outdoor urban objects such as gas pumps and ATMs, would drive around Los Angeles all night looking for interesting items to photograph and then later paint. "I try to isolate the ubiquitous," Olsen said to a reporter who accompanied him on a drive for a 2002 Los Angeles Times article . "I like to look at these things as mathematical models. " Times art critic Christopher Knight chose Olsen, whose works almost never portrayed humans, as one of L.A.'s top painters under 45 . "The pictures have the specificity and presence of portraiture," Knight wrote in 2007, "resonating with the bleak beauty of American life today.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2001
Is there anyone in the city of Los Angeles who is not running for mayor? ROBERT OLSEN Yucaipa
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December 12, 2002 | James Verini, Special to The Times
"I once worked as a garbage-sifter for McDonald's," says Robert Olsen, who now makes enough as a painter of careful urban still lifes not to have to take such jobs. "Me and this other guy went around and counted discarded straws and sugar packets and then reported the numbers." A garbage-sifter? For a study? A consultancy? "Something like that," he says, his mind moving elsewhere, as it will. When Olsen offers such answers, they suffice. It is 1:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By David Colker
Robert Olsen, a critically acclaimed artist known for his luminescent paintings of outdoor urban objects such as gas pumps and ATMs, would drive around Los Angeles all night looking for interesting items to photograph and then later paint. "I try to isolate the ubiquitous," Olsen said to a reporter who accompanied him on a drive for a 2002 Los Angeles Times article . "I like to look at these things as mathematical models. " Times art critic Christopher Knight chose Olsen, whose works almost never portrayed humans, as one of L.A.'s top painters under 45 . "The pictures have the specificity and presence of portraiture," Knight wrote in 2007, "resonating with the bleak beauty of American life today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1997
Is there anyone left on the planet Earth who still thinks there ever will be peace in the Middle East? ROBERT M. OLSEN Hemet
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March 27, 1986 | Associated Press
President Reagan plans to nominate Robert M. Olsen as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's tax division, the White House said Wednesday. He would succeed Glenn L. Archer Jr.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1989
Pacific Scientific Co. in Newport Beach announced the election of Richard G. Knoblock, Robert L. Olsen and Frank J. Zugel as corporate vice presidents. Pacific Scientific designs, manufactures and markets technology-based proprietary products, including electric motors and controls, aircraft equipment including fire suppression systems, generators and alternators and electronic instruments for industry and electric utilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1997
If all the personnel of the Air Force who have committed adultery and lied about it were to be forced out of the service, there would be a lot of airplanes with no one to fly them. ROBERT M. OLSEN Hemet
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2001
Is there anyone in the city of Los Angeles who is not running for mayor? ROBERT OLSEN Yucaipa
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April 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Brea motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a traffic collision Thursday, but the driver of the car that hit him was not cited because the crash occurred on an unofficial road, authorities said. Officer William Garcia was hit shortly before 10 a.m., when Ronald Robert Olsen, 53, of Diamond Bar, drifted onto the wrong side of Santa Fe Road near Condor Avenue in northeast Brea as he tried to make a left turn, Brea Police Sgt. Jack Conklin said.
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November 9, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
Outgoing directors of the Camrosa Water District postponed the long-awaited purchase of a $98,000 computer system this week, largely at the request of four directors-elect who will be seated on the panel later this month. In Tuesday's election, three directors of the embattled district were recalled and replaced, and two new candidates were placed in the remaining seats. On Thursday, incoming director Ronald J.
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