OCTOBER 20 - NOVEMBER 18, 2006

EVAN HOLLOWAY: $OCIAL EPI$TEMOLOGY

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EVAN HOLLOWAY: $OCIAL EPI$TEMOLOGY

OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 18, 2006

Opening: Friday, October 20, 6-8 pm

Harris Lieberman is pleased to present $ocial Epi$temology, the New York solo debut of Los Angeles based artist Evan Holloway. In this exhibition Holloway addresses the cognitive context of sculpture, emphasizing that the meaning of art objects and the way they are understood resides in the viewers and the social networks around the objects, not the objects themselves.

Those familiar with Holloway’s previous work will recognize the artist’s attention to the formal vocabulary of 
sculpture and his subtle consideration of the relationship forged between his works and the viewer’s body. In much of this new work there is an even greater awareness of 
the figure as a way of
 connecting with the viewer’s human tendency to form
 associations of meaning and content to the most
 rudimentary figurative references.

Holloway’s work begins with his simultaneous reverence for and mistrust of Modernist sculpture. While twentieth century art historical antecedents such as Brancusi, Duchamp and Rauschenberg are important to reading his work, Holloway is more interested in expanding this set of references to include ancient ritual, symbolic form, and the occult. Moreover, his work rejects accepted notions of taste and a hierarchy of materials, blending simple, craft-like media with more traditional forms. The result is a combination of the visceral and cerebral.

Evan Holloway received his BFA from University of California, Santa Cruz and an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. He has been included in group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial 2002, The California Biennial and Beyond Formalism at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. His work will be featured in The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture which opens on October 25 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.

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