Solo Exhibition by Carli Holcomb Opens September 8
An exhibition of work by Carli Holcomb titled “After Dark” will open at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Friday, September 8. A 5:30 p.m. artist talk will be followed by a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. “After Dark” runs from September 8 through November 12, 2017.
Holcomb creates mixed media sculptures, pairing synthetic and natural materials to address the intersection of people and place.
She was a Quirk+VisArts artist-in-residence in 2016. The residency brings visiting artists in all stages of their careers to Richmond, where they can spend anywhere from two weeks to several months in residence at Quirk, with access to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s studios and faculty.
“Carli was our first Quirk+VisArts artist-in-residence, and as such we’re particularly thrilled to see her exhibition open in our True F. Luck Gallery,” said Stefanie Fedor, executive director at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. “I know audiences will be interested in the many ways Carli pushes the boundaries of her materials to develop complex ideas in her work.”
Holcomb was born and raised in Wyoming and her work is influenced by her time spent outdoors—both growing up in Wyoming and living in Richmond. She also relies on topographic maps and satellite images to explore less familiar terrain.
With “After Dark,” Holcomb considers origin stories and the fluid relationship between the macro and the micro. She uses the work to examine autobiography, memory, cosmology, landscape and space while making broader allusions to land art from the late 1960s and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
Holcomb holds an M.F.A. in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. from the University of Wyoming. She is represented by Quirk Hotel and Gallery and has exhibited at many group shows, including LIGHT Art + Design in Chapel Hill, N.C.; the Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, Va.; and Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, N.Y. Her work appeared on the cover of Metalsmith magazine in 2016, and she is currently a professor at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.