The Golden Bough II
LMAKprojects is pleased to present Katie Holten’s The Golden Bough II, a sister show to Holten’s concurrent solo exhibition at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, (January 27 - April 2, 2010).
At the root of Katie Holten’s practice is a curiosity with natural systems. Examining the meaning of ‘environment’ and the significance of place, her work is an ongoing investigation of the inextricable relationship between humans and the natural world. She has recently collaborated with historians, geophysicists, musicians, botanists, ecologists, teachers, and architects. The Golden Bough II is a continuation of these collaborations and of her exploration of science, organic processes and our understanding of nature.
When Holten was commissioned to participate in The Hugh Lane’s Golden Bough series she turned to the book – The Golden Bough – Sir James George Frazer’s 1890 comparative study of magic and religion, seeing it as a touchstone of epistemology and a compendium of creation myths that are precursors to scientific understanding today. Holten’s reading of the book as evidence of man’s attempt to control and catalogue nature is incorporated into the shows’ use of color. Holten often works in black and white but for this project she will incorporate the ‘average’ color of the universe as determined by astronomers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She will paint the gallery walls in two colors, both the ‘incorrect’ version, popularly called ‘cosmic turquoise’ and the ‘corrected’ calculation, ‘cosmic latte’. The remainder of the installation will combine drawing, sculpture, photography and text.
The two Golden Bough exhibitions follow Holten’s Tree Museum (2009-2010), which was commissioned by the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill and the New York City Parks Department to commemorate the centennial of the Bronx’s Grand Concourse. Tree Museum created an audio guide for one hundred trees lining the historic boulevard. In December 2009 she participated in Tipping Point at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as she continues to collaborate with scientists such as Klaus Lackner (Geophysicist and Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Earth Institute, at Columbia).
Katie Holten (b. Dublin, 1975) has had solo museum exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2010), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2009), Nevada Museum of Art (2008), Villa Merkel, Esslingen (2008) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). Holten represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Her work has been included in many international group exhibitions including Landscapes of Quarantine, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2010); Arrivi e Partenze, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, (2010); Subversive Spaces, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2009); Fri Porto, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2009); Compilation IV, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2009); Dome Colony, X-Initiative, New York (2009); Green Platform, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence (2009); IMPLANT, UBS Art Gallery, New York (2008); Soft Sites, ICA, Philadelphia (2006).