Lonnie Holley at Solomon Projects

Solomon Projects announces the opening of an exhibition of recent works by Lonnie Holley on Wednesday October 5, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. The show will include several small and medium sized sculptures and works on paper. The exhibition will be on view through October 15, 2011. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holley has been working on several projects in the Atlanta area, including a recently installed sculpture for the Beltline entitled “Hands Along the Rail” and a record to be released this winter under the Dust-to-Digital label.

Holley’s artwork provides the viewer with a contemporary link to the traditional art-making of Southern African-Americans. His sculpture, in particular, emerges out of the found-object tradition, the practice of re-working everyday materials or cast-offs into metaphorical messages, silently shared amongst members of the community. Holley’s works are witnesses to the complex social history of the South, telling the stories of individual lives, including his own, that would otherwise be lost to indifference.

Holley’s work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others.

“I am really excited to be showing my work at Solomon Projects in Atlanta. It’s a gallery that has been showing important work in Atlanta for as long as I can remember and I’m proud to be a part of that tradition. The gallery is also located near the Atlanta BeltLine, and I’ve spent a lot of time the last few months walking along those rail lines and thinking about the labor that went into making the rails and the laborers who worked them. I road the rails when I was young and I’ve seen my life come full circle. I’ve taken the materials that we, as humans, have thrown away and brought those materials back to life, hoping to educate all of us about uses and misuses of our materials.”

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

Solomon Projects
1037 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306

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