CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present a selection of works by Desirée Holman on view from September 17 – October 8, 2016. The exhibition Selected Works pulls from three of Holman’s series: Troglodyte (2005), Heterotopias (2011) and Sophont (2013 – present).
Desirée Holman’s multi-sensory work positions groups of individuals and theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity. Her work attempts to occupy British anthropologist Victor Turner’s notion of liminality, a transitional state of ritual wherein participants fully engaged in performance inhabit a series of new, hybrid identities. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world.
Selected Works is timed in accordance with a mini retrospective of five of Holman’s three-channel video installations in September at SFMOMA and a new commissioned performance debuting at the museum in March 2017.
This special exhibition is on view by appointment only. Please contact the gallery to schedule. firstname.lastname@example.org | 415 800 6604
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Holman holds a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Earning critical acclaim for her work, Holman was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007 the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. From 2016-2017, she will be returning to SFMOMA as a fellow in the Film & Performance Department with a new works commission. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2009), Montreal’s SKOL (2016), Denver’s Black Cube Nomadic Museum (2015), and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program (2011). International exhibitions of Holman’s work include the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Berlin’s Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Milan’s BnD, and Toronto’s YYZ. Reviews of Holman’s work appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, Los Angeles Times, NY Arts, Artillery, San Francisco Chronicle and Artweek. She is based in Oakland, California.