May 20, 2014
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N.C. Gallery to Host Exhibition by WTAMU Professor
CANYON, Texas—Bender Gallery in Asheville, N.C., will host an opening reception for Primordial Forms, a solo exhibition of contemporary cast glass sculpture by West Texas A&M University artist and assistant professor Chad Holliday from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 6. The exhibition will run through July 31. The reception is in conjunction with downtown Asheville’s June First Friday Art Walk. The artist will be in attendance and available for discussion during the reception.
“The foundation for my work lies within the understanding of primordial forms and their purpose throughout history,” Holliday said. “These are the forms that are repeated throughout history by different and separate cultures for a similar purpose.”
He has linked this concept to the aesthetics of Czech glass—where he received much of his training—as well as merging in elements of Cubism and Constructivism. In his work, Holliday employs “a repeating dialogue incorporating space and time, using visual elements that are inherent in solid cast glass.” Sculpture is, by definition three dimensional. Holliday integrates the fourth dimension of time in his work as well as adding a “fifth dimension,” using light to play upon the interior of the object.
Holliday’s work is pure in form and color. Much of the imagery captured in the sculptures is derived from the architecture of Gothic cathedrals found throughout Europe. These circles, arches, passages and buttresses form a schema that replays itself in different forms throughout the work. The artist’s use of a single bold color adds to the strength of each piece. Pointed Arch Composing Green and Yellow depicts the composition of a pointed or ogival arch, one of the defining characteristics of Gothic architecture. The arch has been broken apart and segmented rendering it asymmetrical. A circular form at the top gives rise to the sculpture, much like the ascending sun. This large form imposed atop the arch defies expectation by bringing the weight, mass and volume upwards.
Royal Gestural Passage embodies a new direction in Holliday’s work. The gestural line of the passage brings a bit of energy and capriciousness into what would be a typically passive shape. The playful line of the cobalt blue sculpture produces a sort of energy which appears to have been caught in motion.
The artist received a B.F.A. from Emporia State University and a M.F.A. in glass and metal fabrication from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a Fulbright Fellow in 2007-2008 at the Secondary School of Glass in Kamenicky Senov and also spent time as the artist in residence at the Grand Crystal Museum in Taiwan. His work is included in the collections of The Museum of Glass, Tacoma and The Museum of Applied Arts, Prague.
Holliday will give a talk and live demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Although there is no fee for the demo, please call the gallery for details and reservations.
Bender Gallery specializes in contemporary sculpture and is located at 12 S. Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville, N. C. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit bendergallery.com.