The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, presents “Resistance,” works by Don Holladay, opening with a reception from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, and continuing through February 24.
New hours for The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, beginning with this exhibit. Admission is always free.
In his artist statement for “Resistance,” Don Holladay tells us that “Paul Tillich once wrote about the danger of modern man losing his humanity and becoming a thing amongst the things he produces. Creating art using non-traditional materials—burlap, string, house paint, joint compound, sand, collaged photographs, gravel and the like-- gives me a sense of resisting such fate. Tillich’s philosophic statement may also explain why I have trouble re-creating what I consider a successful painting. When I try to do the same image a second time, it almost never works. The spontaneity that created the original piece has disappeared.”
“Working with alternative materials also allows me to mentally connect with inspirational artists of the past, ones who resisted traditional methodology and chose to experiment with new materials. Alberto Burri and Jackson Pollock are two such artists. One created with burlap, the other with house paint.”
“The show also contains figurative images created in different ways. Several were done as monotypes using the etching press... The common aspect of the figurative pieces is a resistance of the images to easy identification. Most are isolated, ambiguous figures without an obvious narrative. Most figurative art begins as negative expression, signaling something’s not right in the moment. Mine is no different.”
Don Holladay has been painting since 1973. In the early 1990’s he studied printmaking at the University of Oklahoma under Dan Kiacz. His studio includes an etching press and many of his images originate from the printmaking process. His pieces are found in university, private and corporate collections. His work has been selected in regional and international juried competitions; and has been displayed in art publications and magazines. He is Board Chair of the Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation. He and his wife Kay reside in Norman. He holds a law degree from the OU College of Law.
Exhibits at The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by individual donors.