October 17-November 23, 2013
Opening reception October 17, 6-9 p.m.
Curated by Cortney Stell
Philip J. Steele Gallery
Gallery Hours:11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Saturday
A 22-page catalog has been published by The Philip J. Steele Gallery at RMCAD - available as a free downloadable pdf. This gorgeous publication, designed by RMCAD Alum Joshua Claassen, includes an essay on Holman's work and documentation of the exhibited work as performed at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Click here to view the catalog.
The Exhibition: In her exhibition Sophont, Desiree Holman explores the iconography and aesthetics associated with spiritual pseudo-sciences through installation, video, and gouache and airbrush paint on paper. She moves swiftly and easily between figure and abstraction, terrestrial and extraterrestrial, new and old ages.
The Artist: Desirée Holman is an Oakland, California-based interdisciplinary artist. She is interested in everything spacey, including astrology, aliens, auras, harmonic convergence, mysticism, occultism, animal magnetism and a myriad of other spiritual pseudo-sciences. She is obsessed with the leaps of faith we choose and refuse to make everyday and has no qualms with treating fringe fantasies as if they are fact.
At top: Detail of Aura, Eliphas Levi, 2013, Gouache on Paper, 30x22”