The Hole is proud to announce a solo show of new pours and new "squirms" by Holton Rower.
In addition to six new Pour Paintings, Rower will present a new body of work "Squirms" which are controlled pours on panel presented more like traditional paintings in a rectilinear format.
The seven new Pour Paintings presented here have a undersea feeling to them; whether through their frequent blue and aqua hues, their rings of thick opalescent paint reminiscent of seashells, or their mollusk-like asymmetrical forms. The Aegean-blue carpeting of the gallery and lowered ceiling augment these underwater urges.
The "squirms" feature thin, controlled pours that have a moving point of origin; unlike the Pour Paintings we have presented in the past where all pigment is poured in the center of a plywood ground and the shape is dictated by the shape of the wood and the viscosity of the paint, these works are poured in a moving line, making a worm-like shape as the radiant color puddles bend around the plywood and overlap.
The morphing pour, contained on all sides by the plywood square, is less about chance and gravity and more of a determined composition, a line drawing if the line were a shifting pool of color. Through careful selection of color, paint type and position, these "paintings" are both very technical and very playful; like all of Holton's output you get the sense of the artist as a mad inventor, making materials do new things and having a great time in the process.