Dubbed the "Insider's Outsider" by Mark Binelli in The New York Times, Lonnie Holley is an artist whose practice is expands beyond the confines of traditional definition. With foundational roots in Birmingham, Alabama, Holley's first creations were sandstone carvings that soon transformed to closely mirror his hometown surroundings, forming vast sculptures comprised of discarded steel and other readily available found objects. As he explained to Binelli, "'What I’m doing here, I think Malcolm said it best: by any means necessary... We can make art where we have to. Dr. King, if you remember, wrote a sermon on a piece of toilet paper.'" Holley's installations, wall-mounted sculptures, musical compositions, and personality are dense studies of matter and its inherent loaded spiritual presence. A continual investigation of and reverence for things in all their abundant meaning weaves a continual thread throughout Holley's body of work, as well as the consistent reminder of the dark symbolism behind the harsh reality of their accumulation.
From the Roots I Am
20 x 14.4 inches
archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2017
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
This print is framed in white painted wood
7/8” wide flat face and 7/8” deep, with UV acrylic glass.