January 5, 2012
TOM HOLLAND AT SANCHEZ ART CENTER

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Tom Holland lives and works in the Bay Area and has been painting for 50 years. After having attended UC Berkeley, he went to Chile on a Fulbright Grant. He then returned to Berkeley to begin teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has also been on the faculty at UCLA and UC Berkeley. He received both an NEA Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He now works full-time in his studio in downtown Berkeley.

After having painted in traditional oil on canvas, in the 1970s Holland began using materials that were light and strong but did not require a frame. He uses fiberglass and aluminum, making pieces of color that hang on the wall like stiff tapestry. The thin edges allow each painting to become a part of the space it occupies. Using simple materials and a unique approach combining painting and sculpture, he cuts thin sheets of aluminum to build either a wall painting or a free-standing sculptural form. He then rivets the cut pieces to sheets of aluminum or fiberglass. He uses epoxy paint to achieve the effects of depth, light, reflection, and shadow.

Holland is represented by art galleries in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of all the major museums in the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His work is also represented in the Anderson Collection as well as the Charles Schwab Company, the Mayfield Fund, and the Di Rosa Collection of Contemporary California Art. Holland has recently completed a large installation in the lobby of the Lake Merritt Plaza Building at 1999 Harrison Street in downtown Oakland.

All exhibits open Friday, January 13, with a reception for the artists from 7 to 9 pm. Thereafter the galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, through the exhibit’s close on February 12. Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, California, about 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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