Work

Deep Breath

2019

Oil paint, hair, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 cm × 53.3 cm × 7.6 cm | 28 × 21 × 3 in

Deep Breath

2019

Oil paint, hair, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 cm × 53.3 cm × 7.6 cm | 28 × 21 × 3 in

Deep Breath

2019

Oil paint, hair, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 cm × 53.3 cm × 7.6 cm | 28 × 21 × 3 in

Push Out

2019

Oil paint, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 x 53.3 x 7.6 cm | 28 x 21 x 3 in

Push Out

2019

Oil paint, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 x 53.3 x 7.6 cm | 28 x 21 x 3 in

Push Out

2019

Oil paint, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel

71.1 x 53.3 x 7.6 cm | 28 x 21 x 3 in


Biography

Energy is described as a quantitative property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform. Loie Hollowell’s paintings radiate energy, stemming from an ongoing stream of consciousness; they pulse with a tension between surface and materiality while maintaining a balance between abstraction and figuration.

Art historical genres are easily alluded when describing Hollowell’s work. An intuitive and stylistic link to Op-Art, transcendental/tantric art and feminist painting from the ’70s and ’80s is present, however Hollowell stands out in both approach and sentiment. The artist focuses on the body in context with natural elements and abstract composition, and in doing so she has created a new visual language aimed at capturing the overarching theme of the intimate relationship between the body, the self, sex, time and space.

The paintings are built-up as wall reliefs in which internal logic and subject matter gradually unfold to the viewer. Their curvaceous surface breaks down the formal barrier between painting and sculpture. Color creates an internal light that radiates and glows and makes these complex paintings pulsate with a slow-burning sensuality and intimacy at its most intense. Infusing elements of ancient sacred iconography (an almond-shaped mandorla represents a vagina, a lingam shape an abstracted penis), Hollowell creates a painterly language that conveys the physicality and otherworldliness of the primal sexual act.

Within Hollowell’s work a number of narratives are at play: approached with both intelligence and humor, commenting with a total sense of liberation on sexuality and the human form. In the process of the painting’s creation, Hollowell builds and layers intense illusions which challenge any single or realistic light source, while creating an intimacy through the visual poetry of the surface.

Loie Hollowell (b. 1983, Woodland, CA, US) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY (US). She has earned a BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (US), and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (US). Hollowell was the recipient of a 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award a residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Queens Art Fund Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. Upcoming solo exhibitions include PACE Gallery, New York (US) and GRIMM in Amsterdam (NL).


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