Manifesto Against Gravity is an installation that interacts with the observer to create sensitive (affective) situations by subjugating gravity and making the characteristics of digital dialogue with the concrete world. ~ Jack Holmer
“I despise his strength.
I lightly break you, so light that it flies
I dare you to hold me back
Until my body will go … my eyes and my lenses will My sense of time frozen in the cold of your distance
I’ll be back soon. But not the same.”
Installation artist Jack Holmer’s artist statement about his new work, “Gravity Manifesto,” being installed at Jackson’s Center for the Arts, is language-dense. What makes this artist tick?
When you meet someone for the first time, and walk into their home, what do you do? Check out the family photos. Those photos reveal a lot. So I went to Holmer’s Instagram page, and here’s what I noticed. Or at least, here’s what I projected.
He’s a floating soul. Holmer photographs often show him alone, looking out into big spaces. They also depict white linear sculptures set in various situations. In one photo, the sculpture-man is collapsed in a corner, alone. In another, Holmer cradles the form as tenderly as if it were a child. In yet another image, a criss-crossing of white fibers suggests a human form and encases red wiring and a contraption that resembles a heart. Holmer meditates, plays with virtual reality goggles, and pulls a geometrically designed white paper hood over his head and shoulders.
He also has a girlfriend.
It’s all a great experiment. Holmer is into robotics, and as he appears to be very young I’d say he’s making a lot of headway in a technically specialized sector. It’s why he describes his projects the way that he does. Holmer “teaches at the State University of Paraná, and at the School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná, having already taught at the International School of Curitiba, the University Tuiuti of Paraná and the School of Arts of Paraná. He has expertise in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Art and Technology, Robotics and Cyberculture and in the area of Design, having been the coordinator of Graphic Design at Oscar Niemeyer Museum,” says his bio.
A few days ago Holman’s “Gravity Manifesto” was installed at the Center, where it will remain on display through most of the summer. For more information, visit www.jhcenterforthearts.org.
On Thursday, June 22, and Friday, June 23, the Art Association of Jackson Hole hosts the ever-popular annual Teton Mudpot Summer Pottery Sale. Mudpot fans can easily spot the wares on South Glenwood street sidewalks adjacent to the Center for the Arts. Hours for Thursday, 6/22 are 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, and on Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Just as “flower people” swarm to Twigs and Porcupine Greenhouse when the snow disappears off Snow King, crowds of ceramic lovers descend upon this sale. Sometimes they sleep on the sidewalk the night before just to be first in line.
Choose from cups, mugs, bowls, plates, casseroles, bottles, soap dispensers, pitchers, teapots, sculptures and a host of whimsical creations, including some very creative jewelry. The show features works by excellent ceramic artists like Jenny Dowd, Sam Dowd, Katy Ann Fox, Cate Smith, Sevi Hagen, Katy Klotz, Shane Barnhart, Sue Morriss, Shari Hahn, Peter Fonatsch, Tenley Thompson, Jim Hawley, Linda Judge, Mary Cutler, Rob Broadbent, Hunter Tieg and jewelers Georgia Mayer and Claudia Bueno.
“As always,” says the Art Association, “(T)here will be bargain tables with prices starting as low as $2. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. All sales are final. 30% of the proceeds benefit the Art Association Ceramics and Multi-Purpose studios.”
For more information, please contact the Art Association at 307-733-6379. www.artassociation.org
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Diehl Gallery and Heather James Fine Art ALL have big shows coming up! They are a few weeks away, and we’ll write more about them soon, but in the meantime check out www.tayloepiggottgallery.com, diehlgallery.com and www.heatherjames.com.
Kay Stratman opens a new show at the Center for the Arts at the Art Association Gallery on July 7th, 2017. “Natural Abstractions” opens with an artist’s reception on July 7th, 5-7:00 pm. More on that show soon!