Small Editions is pleased to present Cooper Holoweski’s (BFA 1999) Nostalgia and Obsolescence, a new series of prints based on Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Antiquities of Rome, a suite of etchings that documented the ruins of ancient Rome through landscapes, still life, and diagrams. Holoweski’s series combines traditional intaglio printmaking with digital 3‑D modeling and inkjet printing to render the obsolete aesthetics of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Reaching further into the recent past, Holoweski presents a painted series of effigies of mid-century american modernist furniture. The stacked towers of chairs and tables create dreamlike “portraits” from the golden age of American Capitalism. Skillfully using acrylic paint in combination with computer-generated transfers, Holoweski renders views of the middle-class mythology of upward mobility in various states of collapse. As in most of Holoweski’s work, these pieces touch on ideas of death, rebirth, and relevance. Within them, Holoweski poses the question “is progress leading us towards redemption or something else darker?”
Nostalgia and Obsolescence
May 20 — July 8, 2016
Opening: Friday, May 20th from 7 – 9 pm
60 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231