Exhibition title: Sophont 
Artist: Desirée Holman 
Exhibition dates: October 17 — November 23, 2013
Exhibition space: Philip J. Steele Gallery 

Sophont explores the iconography and aesthetics associated with spiritual pseudo-sciences through multiple mediums, including installation, video, and gouache on paper. Holman’s new body of work, Sophont, investigates the relationship between metaphysical ideologies and supernatural investigations. The works in this body of work move swiftly and easily between figure and abstraction, terrestrial and extraterrestrial, new and old ages, and speak largely to our culturally developed conceptions of “otherness.”

Desiree Holman is an artist based in Oakland, California. Her multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Holman utilizes references to popular culture, as well as subcultures, in order to explore concepts around personal life experiences and how we interpret visual culture. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world.

Works shown courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery and the artist.

Photography: Sara Ford