Department of Art and Art History News

Alumnus Tom Holmes Debuts Third Solo Show at Bureau Gallery

Wed. February 15, 2017

scaled up and flattened Eggo waffle box with automatic drawing overlaid on top
Tom Holmes, untitled Arrangement, 2014-2017, 93.75 x 174.5 inches

Tom Holmes (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 1999) debuts new work in L’Eggo My Eggo® at Bureau Gallery in New York. 

Holmes’s new paintings feature a vastly scaled-up and flattened waffle box announcing an explosive fantasy of infantile breakfast joy. The box’s graphic finish serves as ground for a flurry of abstract marks of expanded automatic drawing. Over the past two and a half years, working with a hypnotist, Holmes has sought to excavate the expressive potential of the subconscious mind through automatism, connecting a deep anxiety and fear of the inevitable with the pure communicative potential of the hand. The movement of the pen vigorously and subtly transcribes the non-verbal. In one composition comic heroines surf the sprawling lines and colorful passages ushering routes between mind and body; pop and expressionism.

Black British Arts Movement of 1980s explored in new group exhibition featuring work of Eddie Chambers

Mon. February 13, 2017

a Union Jack, rearranged as a swastika and gradually reduced to fragments
Eddie Chambers, Destruction of the National Front (1979-80). Courtesy of Tate London.

The Place Is Here, a new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary will be on view from Feb. 4 - April 30, 2017. Featuring the work of Professor of Art History Eddie Chambers, The Place Is Here explores the dialogue between black artists, writers and thinkers during the 80s in Britain. 

Initial reviews can be found at the Financial Times and a conversation with some of the artists in the exhibition, including Chambers, can be found at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking podcast recording

A Routine in Parts, an exhibition of new works at Lawndale Art Center from Eric McMaster

Sun. February 12, 2017

woman doing performance with arms extended in black outfit. She has blonde hair
Sculpture and extended media faculty member Eric McMaster is exhibiting video works and associated objects in the exhibition A Routine in Parts at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. 

The Moon from alumnus Jarrod Beck opens at Smack Mellon

Sun. February 12, 2017

handmade paper moon hovering over the gallery floor
Jarrod Beck, The Moon, 2017

Jarrod Beck (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2007) combined text, collaborative performances, and a site-specific installation in his latest exhibition at Smack Mellon in New York titled The Moon. For the duration of the exhibition, a 60-foot-diameter, handmade paper moon will hover over the gallery floor and reach upward into the coal trough ceiling infrastructure.

The Moon began as an epic poem, begun in the summer of 2014. Themes include environmental devastation, the AIDS epidemic, and queer collectivist anarchism. 

Initial reviews for The Moon can be read at The Brooklyn Paper

Exhibition on view: Jan 14 - Feb 26, 2017
Opening reception: Jan 14, 2017, 5-8PM 

Nicole Awai's Work Featured in New Publication, Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Caribbean Figure

Fri. February 3, 2017

book cover for Creole in the Archive with a seemingly archival image of an African American woman overlapped by first a large red triangle stacked on top of a yellow triangle
Book jacket for Creole in the Archive


Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Nicole Awai's photographic work will be featured in Roshini Kempadoo's new book, Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Location of the Caribbean Figure, to be published in late February 2017. Creole in the Archive employs photographic analysis to explore the visual arts of the Carribean from 1850 to the present.