Evan Holloway Clouds the Distinctions of the Natural and Manmade World

By Lauralee Harper

From the moment you walk through David Kordanky’s cactus-filled entrance, you are greeted by the distinct smell of incense, wafting from one of the sculptures on view in Evan Holloway’s solo exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture. The assortment of different materials, subjects, and themes that make up the five sculptures present a cohesive juxtaposition. Each work stands alone as its own statement, while blending together as a distinct part of Holloway’s practice. The act of weaving through the gallery and around the sculptures is as enjoyable as the works themselves.

 

28 Incense Sticks, 2018 aluminum, incense
110 x 92 x 61 inches

As a hobbyist for handmade things, Holloway pays special attention when choosing materials and how they relate directly to the meaning he is trying to convey in the work. In his piece titled “28 Incense Sticks,” Holloway intertwines hollow aluminum in a gradual oscillating structure complete with 28 incense sticks sticking out. The sticks remain lit for the audience’s immersive experience, giving the piece an associated scent as well as a visual understanding. The structure seems to hold itself up with a metaphysical force that counterbalances gravity.

 

Third Verse, 2018
patinated bronze
127 x 87 3/4 x 43 inches

 

The exhibit includes human elements in the faces Holloway uses in two of his sculptures. This quality allows for individual connection with the works as well as a means of confronting other beings.

This is the first exhibition of Holloway’s that consists of only pieces that are meant to live outside. Each piece feels both manmade and natural, immense, yet somehow still personable. With each piece’s enormous scale there is a stark contrast between what is realistic and drawn from nature and what is imaginative. Holloway is intentional in how he is talking about the natural world by building structures that are clearly manmade.

 

Siblings, 2018
powder-coated aluminum, high-temp spray paint, bulbs, fixtures, wiring, and lighting controller
101 x 38 x 17 1/4 inches

He uses materials such as bronze and lightbulbs to distinguish a line between the natural world and the imagination. One of the pieces entitled “Earth Angel” resembles batteries upon a large bronze platform. Although the attention to material is a connection to the natural environment, the subject matter is a direct call towards energy consumption.

 

Earth Angel, 2018 patinated bronze
84 1/2 x 79 x 54 inches

Holloway’s works would fit in any landscapes, giving each an approachable feel. The sculptures have a way of blending together while at the same time being radically different. Outdoor Sculpture represents a depiction of beauty on a naturalistic environment, both blending in while calling attention to the dissimilarity in composition between his pieces and the universe.

 

 

The exhibit is on view at David Kordansky Gallery in LA until March 2nd.