Robin Holder

Love, Life, Lick, 2003
5 page double sided Jacob’s ladder made of lithographs on BFK Rives, digital text, origami papers, plastic and museum board, 3.5 x 5.25 inches closed, 5.25 x 17.75 open, unique. $400

Statement

I am primarily concerned with movement, spatial relationships, color and gesture. Most of my work is made by hand printing in layers on archival paper. Parts of the image recede and others move forward. The figurative and non figurative elements are designed as silhouette shapes and overlaid with iconography representing aspects of nature and symbolism from various cultures.

In most cases each work is a unique original piece. The images are achieved by printing an arrangement of inked acetate stencil forms which have been placed on an inked sheet of plexiglass and run on an etching press. Some prints involve 15-35 acetate stencil shapes and 10-20 layers of hand printing. These stencils are characters that I assemble and reconfigure in various visual environments. At times I include photo silk-screen, photo lithograph, collagraph, Xerox transfer elements.

Biography

Robin Holder is an artist with a unique inter-ethnic background whose work centers on issues of cultural, spiritual and social complexities. Her first mid career retrospective, with accompanying color catalogue, sponsored by the David Driskell Center of the University of Maryland in College Park opens in October of 2009. Holder’s recent interview for the Hatch Billops Artist and Influence archives will be published in the Fall of 2009. Ms. Holder has completed several large scale site specific public art commissions in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey including 34 windows New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 2006 Holder joined Elizabeth Catlett, Louis Delsarte, David Driskell, Faith Ringgold and Sam Gilliam as the sixth Atlanta National Black Arts Festival Collectors Guild Artist. She was one of fourteen African American artists selected by ABSOLUT in 2002 to create a commissioned piece for their collection. In 2001, the artist was chosen by The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for an Artist as Catalyst project in Philadelphia. Holder was filmed by The New York Foundation for the Arts for a Public Service Announcement and featured in the 2000 premier segment of the We television series Cool Women, produced by Debbie Allen. She was awarded the Individual Visual Artist Grant by The Brooklyn Arts Council to create Behind Each Window a Voice, a series of works inspired by oral histories of residents in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The artist’s work is included in significant collections, including The Library of Congress, Con Edison, Xerox Corporation, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Queens Borough Public Library, United Parcel Service, The Washington State Arts Commission, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Art Commission of the City of New York. Holder has participated as a panelist, lecturer and consultant with variety of cultural and educational institutions such as The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Pratt Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, The High Museum of Atlanta, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Natural History, Cooper Union, Manhattan Community College, The Center for Arts Education and Parsons School of Design.

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