Artwork details

Title
Indoor Light
Date
2016
Medium
Steel, cardboard, aqua-resin, celluclay, paint
Dimensions
233,7 x 416,6 x 226,1 cm
Artist
Evan Holloway

Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Lee Thompson.

 

Indoor Light, 2016
Evan Holloway’s artwork can be perceived as an extension of a West-Coast-based sculpture tradition that is characterised by a focus on materiality and a conceptual artistic approach. Indoor Light was inspired by Holloway’s reflections on the role of the plant in the sculptural idiom, where it is often used as a symbol of nature – a device that he himself finds banal. Holloway therefore prohibited all of his students from using living plants in artworks unless they could manage to keep the plant alive for nine months. Holloway sought to challenge himself by immersing himself in this banal motif in order to discover whether it could still be used to create an interesting sculpture. Indoor Light presents plants and lamps produced in epoxy resin, steel and papier mache. Holloway did not need to keep the plant alive as his students did, as both the lamp and the plant are obviously sculptural interpretations, overlaid with a rough and evocative surface. Normally a plant is dependent on light in order to survive, but here this relationship is only presented symbolically in the form of two lamp sculptures. Nevertheless, an illusory light arises in the encounter between the viewers and the sculpture in that they will automatically imagine that the plant is being illuminated by the lamps. Thus an otherwise neutral scene becomes the site of a narrative about the use of light in which the viewer’s perception casts an imaginary light on the sculpture.

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