Desirée Holman multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Holman utilizes references to popular culture as well as subcultures in order to explore concepts around personal life experiences and how we interpret visual culture. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program. International exhibitions of Holman’s work include the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Hessel Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Milan’s BnD, and Toronto’s YYZ. Reviews of Holman’s work appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, Los Angeles Times, NY Arts, Artillery, San Francisco Chronicle and Artweek.
Works from Desirée are included in the collections of SFMoMA, UC Berkeley Art Museum, and numerous private collections.
Sophont, three channel video installlation, 2015 (production still courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Headlands Center)
Ecstatic Dancer, 2015, mixed media on archival paper, 16" x 16"
Indigo Child, 2015, mixed media on archival paper, 16" x 16"
Time Traveler, 2013, Pencil and gouache on paper, 30" x 42"
After 'Breakfast in Bed', 2009/2011, color pencil on paper, 19" x 24"
Heterotopias, 2011, three channel video installation (image courtesy Berkeley Art Museum),
Not Cliff (Conduits of Fantasy) 1, 2007/2009 color pencil on paper, 16" x 16"
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