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Burial Shroud

Solo Project for the NADA Art Fair
Bureau, New York / Booth P-1
December 2 - 5 2010

1 1/2 Songs (for Joe), a performance
Saturday December 4, 3:15 p.m.




Image: Tom Holmes, the difference between paper and cloth, 2010
Inkjet and watercolor on paper, 10.5 x 8.75 inches

Bureau is pleased to announce its participation in the NADA Art Fair in Miami this December. The booth will feature a new solo project by Tom Holmes, Burial Shroud.

The image of an inverted and severed male nude torso, shrouded in white cotton fabric, will reside in the booth for the duration of the fair. Every day a different large textile sculpture will be installed, each ‘Burial Shroud’ subtitled to refer to a different candy-colored flavor of children’s sugar cereal.

Two of the new textile works use hand-dyed alpaca and wool fleece that is tufted onto different surfaces: mixtures of found fibers, foams, wool pile and mesh. The support consistent in all four shrouds, as well as the transposed portrait, is a flat wooden bulletin pole. Part gallows or crucifix, part agitprop placard bearer, the repeated support allows for a multitude of readings, conjuring images of sacrifice, protest, buttress.

Building on his exhibition earlier this year, ‘Silly Rabbit – a gravestone and an urn’, the artist advances his proposals for the contemporary grave monument - in part a reinvestigation of the historical role of the artist as designer of ceremonial burial object and a response to his own experience of his community’s grief and commemoration.

Holmes’s new textile pieces and works on paper, however, depart from an explicit use-value allowing for an investment in a frenzied abstraction based on a mixture of the hard-edge graphic design of children’s marketing. The hysterics of cereal-box characters in day-glow colors are abstracted with a quirky softness of textile and soft sculpture. Often borrowing from the language, color and motif of popular advertising, Holmes effortlessly combines a staggering array of references, images and techniques. With an omnivorous appetite for references drawn from fine art and wider visual culture, Holmes has a unique sensibility for aesthetics. Vernacular images are abstracted into strange amalgams, mixing photography, drawing, painting and collage. His pieces, however, resist a hierarchy of medium. His attention is often focused on the consideration of support – or how an image and combination is presented – in this case the rectangle echoes the form of a painting but is, in fact, conceived as a shroud.

Tom Holmes was born in 1975 in Ozona Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his MFA from UCLA in 2002. His works have been widely exhibited in private galleries and public institutions such as the Whitney Museum at Altria, NY; the Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö Sweden; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR; Exile, Berlin. His work was featured at Liste 09 in Basel and at Dispatch, New York in 2010. His second New York solo exhibition will take place in 2011 at Bureau, New York. He lives and works in Liberty TN.


NADA 2010 / December 2-5, 2010
The Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Opening Preview by Invitation:
Thursday, Dec 2; 10am to 2pm

Open to the Public:
Thursday, Dec 2; 2pm to 8pm
Friday, Dec 3; 11am to 8pm
Saturday, Dec 4; 11am to 8pm
Sunday, Dec 5; 11am to 6pm