Bureau is pleased to announce Tom Holmes’s exhibition, L’Eggo My Eggo®, his third solo at Bureau. The exhibition collides two distinctly American vernacular iconographies of saccharine pop and austere minimalism and introduces the artist’s recent interest in automatic drawing. Two monumental paintings dominate the gallery walls, their expressive, sweeping and jagged gestures buzzing atop the smooth graphic of Eggo® waffle boxes. The day-glow eruption of color and frenetic movements are reflected in the cool, metallic surfaces of foiled rectangular brick grave plots and disquieting formations of chromed metal folding chairs.
Consumables geared towards the supple minds of children have engrossed Holmes for many years, compelled by the complexity of desire and dread they inspire. His first Trix® cereal box urn of 2010 introduced his incisive and heart-rending blend of funerary pop at his show Silly Rabbit: a gravestone and an urn at Dispatch. In these boxes full of promise and plenty Holmes recognizes a locus of control and fear: a mirage of candy-pop force fed to us en masse as the innocently complacent subjects of corporate ego and violence. Fear eats us as we children swallow the sugar coated fantasies of our first man-made substance-induced reveries.
If the paintings mine the abstract mind, Holmes’s sculpture delineates the limits of the physical body: bodies in formation, barricaded and at rest. In gleaming chrome and silver, these forms impose geometry on the body. For many years, Holmes has implemented the architecture of the funerary in his work. Gravestone, reliquary, urn and plot sculptures assert the power of that final, permanent application of architecture on the body. Here the rectilinear plot, composed of jaggy foiled bricks holds a poetic space of beauty and modesty. The reflective finishes of these new sculptures stresses that of surface and optical over the spatial and weighty, deepening the metaphysical nature of the show.
The artist wishes to extend special thanks to the following organizations: The Haven Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, CERF+, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Ox-Bow, and The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation.