Fran Holstrom

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Fall of the Art Studio, Archival Inkjet print, 2011
Walking Up the Wall, Archival Inkjet Print, 2011
Likeable Reject, Archival Inkjet Print, 2011
Help Us, Acrylic, cardboard, magazine clipping, 2010
For Claire, Acrylic, cardboard, tape, magazine clipping, 2010
Artist's Statement

I toggle between mediums, to get the best image, to capture a feeling. Whether it be the fragility of paper, the blur of a crappy photo or a muddy smear of paint, my work comments on art history and impermanence in life.

The first 3 images here are tableaus, composed then documented using a low-res camera. Dramatic lighting, collapsed space and a directed gaze make these photographs feel like old world still life painting. These images will be blown-up and printed as larger than life, blurry, imperfect images. The final compositions offer birds-eye views, worms-eye views and close-up shots which monumentalize ordinary objects.

Meanwhile, I continue to work with collage and abstract painting.


Fran Holstrom
2001 MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1997 BA University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Select Exhibitions:
2010 Benefit for Clare Amory, David Zwirner, NYC
2010 Born to Die, Secondhome, Berlin
2008 Annual Art Benefit, Exit Art, NYC
2008 Small Packages, Contemporary Art Institute, Detroit, MI
2006 The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images, Zieher Smith, NYC
2005 Nowhere Else I Really Need To Be, Allston Skirt, Boston, MA
2005 Hope Auction, Gavin Brown Enterprises, NYC
2005 Baumgartner Gallery, NYC (solo)
2004 Art Benefit for Ovarian Cancer, Wallspace Gallery/Sotheby's, NYC
2004 F*ck Mother Nature, king fisher projects, Queens, NY
2003 A Notion of Time, Dallas Center of Contemporary Art
2003 Unframed First Look, Lehman Maupin, NYC

Anti-Anti/Non-Non, a two-part exhibit, Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC