Desirée Holman: Sophont

Philip J. Steele Gallery (RMCAD)

October 17 - November 23, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Thursday October 17th from 6-9pm
Desirée Holman: Sophont

(from the press release)

Sophont explores the iconography and aesthetics associated with spiritual pseudo-sciences through multiple mediums, including installation, video, and gouache on paper. Holman’s new body of work investigates the relationship between metaphysical ideologies and supernatural investigations. The works in this series move swiftly and easily between figure and abstraction, terrestrial and extraterrestrial, new and old ages, and speak largely to our culturally developed conceptions of “otherness.”

About the artist: Desiree Holman is an artist based in Oakland, California. Her multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Holman utilizes references to popular culture, as well as subcultures, in order to explore concepts around personal life experiences and how we interpret visual culture. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world.

Holman holds a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Earning critical acclaim for her work, Holman was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007, the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program. International exhibitions of Holman’s work have taken place at the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Hessel Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Milan’s BnD, and Toronto’s YYZ. Reviews of Holman’s work have appeared in numerous publications, including Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, NY Arts, Artillery, San Francisco Chronicle and Artweek. She is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

Philip J. Steele Gallery
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214