last chance: through May 17th 2012
In keeping with his last two solo shows in New York, Holmes presents several new large woks exhibiting a continued interest in the genre of funerary objects. Here the gallery is transformed, the space primed for a secularized ritual, in this case the ancient ritual of a wake. Far less attached to the primary function of the funerary object than in previous work, like a gravestone, urn or, shroud, these new works abstract from simple pop structures. Using folding chairs, chip bags, children's cereal boxes, and advertising signs for soda the ready made object becomes the cultural armature, a structure on which the abstracted gesture hangs.