Lonnie Holley

Idk why this dumb embed isn’t working but can you please watch Holley’s video All Round the Bend it’s so nice, it captures in the song his belief in divine intervention to create his artwork and that his artwork’s direction really comes from within.

 

Lonnie Holley “Power of a Mother,” Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times.png
Power of a Mother photographed in the artists Atlanta home by Gillian Gaub for NY Times

Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs before making his first artwork at the age of 29.

Well known for his assemblages, Holley incorporates natural and man-made objects into totemic sculptures. Materials such as steel scrap, sandstone, plastic flowers, crosses, and defunct machines commemorate places, people, and events. The exhibition will feature a selection of sculptures and drawings on loan from the artist. In addition to these works, Holley will create site specific installations reflective of the spontaneous and improvisational nature of his creative process.

at Atlanta Contemporary

at Atlanta Contemporary 2

at Atlanta Contemporary 3

Text and following images from Atlanta Contemporary for a solo exhibition titled “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship” at Atlanta Contemporary

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How about a Rainbow? at FCAC

This show was so so so cute and amazing gave my lots of giggles and had the works that had VR used it so well! A few things I noticed were layers of coloured pencil retarding a layer of paint and the use of text as texture constructed around other scrunchy shapes. Potentially accidental marks soothed me and the explanations of drawings were great.
A fantastic show to see while spending the day in the sun making herself that lives in a draw

Tama tk Sharman La hole at Transtravaganza FCAC

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I recently had whanau visit in Melbourne and had sweet surprise seeing koru and tatau patterns used in the artwork by Tama tk Sharman (site). Serious love eye emoji feels when coupled with mould, phallic pieces and the word cunt on a title card.