2nd Friday Norman Art Walk Guide: December 2014

Posted on December 8th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

New Exhibition by Don Holladay Debuts at MAINSITE on December 12, Runs through January

Posted on December 3rd, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Norman artist Don Holladay will unveil his latest works with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 12 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman, Oklahoma. Re-Action Painting will run through January 10 with an artist talk and closing reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 9.

The new works in Re-Action Painting — paired with other pieces from Holladay’s past output — are driven to depict energy on canvas, much in the way Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and others did in the 1950s. Some are created with mixed-media, with objects like rope, sand and burlap, while others were made with house paint instead of traditional oil paints.

“I like the feeling of interacting with both the canvas and the materials being placed on its surface,” Holladay said. “Impulsiveness is high risk, but for me, worth the risk.”

In addition to abstracts, Holladay is including figurative works, prints conjuring the power and wrath of weather.

“I often begin what is in front of me without any preconceived final image,” Holladay said. “I let one stroke lead to the next stroke. I welcome accidents but composition (versus tidiness) is always important — even when the finished image is … Read More »