solid white ash hardwood, monofilament line, cable
On view in the Blue Lobby through September 2019 is a site-specific installation entitled “¼ Mile,” by New York artist Jeremy Holmes. Holmes “draws” through the entire space of the Blue Lobby using thin boards of bent white ash hardwood that wrap around columns from ceiling to floor. As a three-dimensional line in space, the work gracefully winds through the space enveloping the viewer through its continuous abstract shapes. Action, spontaneity and improvisation culminate as the final products of Holmes’ refined craft process that involves raw bending, finishing, joining, sanding and craftsmanship. Jeremy Holmes grew up in Cooperstown, NY and studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2007. He currently lives and has his studio in Ithaca, NY. The artist states:
“I construct abstract wood sculptures, which emphasize materiality and an engagement between the viewer,
the site, and the work. Seen as three-dimensional line drawings in space, the installations collaborate with unique found architecture to construct a new and unexpected space made by joining long thin lengths of wood together. I make thin boards using traditional woodworking techniques, soak the wood in water and then use a free form bending method to bend the long pieces into abstract shapes. Once the wood has dried I am able to finish it and join them together into different configurations, including small and large sculptures, which contrast with the geometric rooms that we build and live in. The viewer becomes aware of the whole volume of a room with my work because of the way it travels around the floors, walls and ceiling. Social and public art is the main interest that I am focusing on now, trying to get art into unused spaces in original and un-expecting ways, filling voids in interiors that otherwise go un-noticed.”
For further information please visitor contact Jeremy Holmes at 607 267-2286 or .
Image: Jeremy Holmes, “¼ Mile”, 2018, site specific installation, Pacific Design Center, Courtesy Jeremy Holmes