bureau inc

Bureau, New York
Room 0/9, Booth G-2

LISTE 16, Basel
Burgweg 15, Basel CH-4058
June 13 - 19 2011
VIP and Press Preview: Monday, June 13, 1 - 5 p.m.

Tom Holmes, 'Untitled Monument (Booberry on Blocks)'
Inkjet, watercolor, ink on paper, 11.75 x 11.75 in.

Bureau is pleased to present a suite of new work by Tom Holmes for LISTE 16 in Basel this June.
Tom Holmes’s latest sculptures and works on paper show a continued interest in proposals for contemporary funerary monuments. The works easily transcend any explicit use value, however, revealing Holmes’s deep investment in form, color and composition. Often borrowing the language and motifs of popular advertising, Holmes takes on a staggering array of references, themes and techniques in works that deliver a mixture of hard-edged and frenzied abstraction combined with zany graphic design from pop culture.

With an omnivorous appetite for material drawn from fine art and the wider visual culture, Holmes has developed a unique aesthetic sensibility. Vernacular images are abstracted into strange amalgams, as his mixture of photography, drawing, and collage resists the hierarchy of medium. His attention is often focused on the works’ supports, which germinate from diverse substrates: from vintage textiles, and newsprint posters, to wooden bulletin posts and painted cinderblocks.

The mingling of minimalist and popular culture referents conflates icons of mass media with the solemnity of funerary markers. Textile soft sculpture takes on the potential utility of funeral shrouds. Abstract, rectilinear forms function as proposals for concrete or stone grave markers while thin, bent metal torques may support complex floral arrangements and commemorative wreaths. Holmes also borrows the form of the Chevrolet El Camino for a hearse. He builds the singular elements of such readymade forms – cereal boxes, ikebana floral arrangements, car chassis – into supports upon which he enacts a fusion of highly-keyed abstraction and the anxiety of the inevitable.

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 in2002. 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; Dispatch, New York. He has a solo exhibition concurrent with LISTE, at Au 8 Rue St Bon in Paris from May 7 - June 25 2011. Holmes’s second New York solo exhibition will take place in September 2011 at Bureau, New York.