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Jim Holl

Low Lying Clouds

October 10–December 12, 2010


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I like Art that holds a gaze

when it makes me wonder what it is.

when feeling is greater than thought

when the bandwagon is unattended

when the making moment is fraught with mortality

when it may be the last thing made on this earth

when it is self referential and refuses to gossip

when the meaning is found in the search

when it senses life as dream

when it reminds me of being immediately behind the arrow of time:

this brevity is all we can know.

— Jim Holl

Floating in this blue panorama are forms that look like chunks of limestone, though some look more like clouds hit hard by sunlight. Of course, this is just a first impression. The second impression is of forms that are neither clouds nor stones but unique to this setting and, for all their differences, united by a family resemblance. Though each is as interesting as all the others, I am particularly drawn to the two forms near the center of the blue field. They seem to face one another and as I understand them, they are saying: we two have found just the right place to be. We are near the center but not precisely at it. That would be too boring. So we have positioned ourselves just above the center-point at a distance from each other that puts us in communication and allows us to command the entire field.

— Carter Ratcliff
A Panorama Considered as a Conversation (or the Other Way Around), The Brooklyn Rail ‘Art Seen, 2012


The artwork of Jim Holl has been widely exhibited and collected. He has mounted solo and group exhibitions with public institutions such as The New Museum, PS1 Museum, Creative Time, The Seattle Art Museum, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and Artists Space in New York. Additional selected exhibitions include ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck, New York; Prographica/ KPR Gallery, Seattle,WA; Art for Architecture Gallery, Hillsdale, New York; Philadelphia Art Alliance, PA; The Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY; Terenchin Gallery, NY; The Catskill Mountain Foundation, NY; BCB Gallery Hudson, NY; Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY; Denise Bibro Gallery, NY; and the Byrdcliffe Kleinart/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY.

Jim Holl established James Holl Design in 1981. JHD has served corprate and nonprofit clients designing and producing print and web projects. Selected clients include Adidas, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank. Credit Suisse / First Boston, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Doubleday, Emerson College, Houghton/Mifflin, Knoll International, March of Dimes, Marymount Manhattan College, Metropolitan Transit Authority, McGraw Hill, NYNEX, Newsweek, Random House, Scholastic Magazine, Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, and The Asia Society.

Jim Holl holds a BA from the University of Washington, a MFA from Columbia University and he is an Associate Professor of Art at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where he directs the Graphic Design program. Jim Holl’s art is driven by themes that are manifested in sculpture, painting, photography, video and performance. He maintains studios in New York City, Catskill, New York and Manchester, Washington. Charta Art Books published Jim Holl’s first book The Landscape Painter, an autobiography 1974 through 1994. The book reflects on Holl’s artistic journey against a background of two decades of art events and theories in New York City. More of Jim’s work can be viewed on his website www.jimholl.com Holl’s work can also seen at Prographica/KDR Gallery in Seattle, Fox Gallery in New York City and Cross Contemporary in Saugerties New York.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Jim Holl: Low Lying Clouds


An exhibition catalogue featuring paintings by visual artist, Jim Holl at ‘T’Space in Rhinebeck, New York.

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