Syracuse University- College of Visual & Performing Arts, 2003, BFA-Painting
My work is conceptually grounded in literary and art-historical sources, with consistent emphasis on the formal qualities of atmosphere, collage and slight geometries. In this current series, I am using linear depictions of constellations associated with the modern Zodiac as the geometrical foundation of each piece. I am not beholden to the constellation outside of its initial placement – it may become obliterated or it may maintain its central focus, depending on the formal development of a work. The constellation is a conceptual underpinning as well as an aesthetic device. I am drawn to the Zodiac and, by extension, its related mythologies as obsolete systems for delivering information and meaning. There is a logical parallel to the practice of painting, but I am not making these works ironically or with malice. I believe in the romance of painting and its ability to create meaning, whether directly or openly, empirically or emotionally. My work celebrates this.
Edward Holland was born in Philadelphia in 1980. He received a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and a MA in Studio Art from New York University. His work has been shown at Causey Contemporary, New York, NY; Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton, NY; Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY and Santa Fe, NM; 80wse Galleries, New York University, NY; Covington Art Center, Covington, KY; and Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. His work has been discussed in The Huffington Post and in Eyes Towards the Dove, among others. He lives and works in New York City.