Holly Holmes / Transcription

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Sketch for Transcription, 2012 Mixed Media Variable © Holly Holmes
Holly Holmes / Transcription
Curated by: Sabina Ott

704 North Highland Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304
March 18th, 2012 - April 13th, 2012
Opening: March 18th, 2012 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center mixed-media, What-It-Is, chicago, house gallery photography digital, installation, graffiti/street-art, video-art, conceptual, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, sculpture


“Transcription” is a site specific installation by multi – media artist Holly Holmes especially for Terrain. “Transcription” is a site specific installation by multi – media artist Holly Holmes.


Within the field of genetics transcription refers to the ability of Ribonucleic acid (RNA) to self-replicate and bond with itself. Holmes is drawn to this notion of transition, transformation, building, and rebuilding from similar elements. Transcription is comprised of several multiple sculptural pieces. Each segment interprets the idea of the module or cell structure, the notion of permutation, sequencing forms, and objects originating from a single starting point. The work is composed of paper, metal, fabric, gelatin, bird-seed, and wax. Resembling giant fruit loops, donuts and bagels, her sculptures are early spring time feeders for the local birds and squirrels. The installation is designed for these wild animals to feast on the seeds rather than donuts and bagels found in the trash. This will be a treat for our eyes and, a tasty snack for the birds and squirrels.


Holly Holmes received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in May 2011.  She is a painter, sculptor, educator and curator living in Oak Park, IL. Her influences are nature and the sciences, exploring their relationship to experiences of the everyday. Most recently she has shown her work at Aqua Art Miami, Miami, Fl; the Chicago Urban Arts Society, Chicago, IL; the Oak Park Public Library Main Branch, Chicago, IL; Portage Gallery, Hammond In; and at Columbia Collage Chicago, Chicago, IL.  Holmes is faculty at the School of the Art Institute Chicago and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL.  She has curated multiple exhibitions and is the co- founder and director of “What – It – Is”, a project space in Oak Park, IL.


Joining the group of thriving artist run exhibition spaces, Terrain is a new public space in Oak Park, IL Started by the artist Sabina Ott. Terrain is dedicated to featuring interventions into the conventional landscape of a front yard by emerging as well as established artists who are interested in making work that challenges the space between public and private, decoration and function, figure and ground.