WEEPING LAUGHING SONG | Tom Wixo + Austin Pratt

HP MAIN GALLERY | Aug. 1 – 30, 2019 | RECEPTION: THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 6-8PM

The Holland Project Gallery is thrilled to exhibit collaborative works by artists Austin Pratt(NV) and Tom Wixo (PA) in our main gallery space from Aug. 1 – 30, 2019. Austin and Tom met while at the University of Tennessee in the Fall of 2015 where they shared a living and work space from 2015-2018 and often found themselves engaged in similar conversations about how and what drawing was and could be. For their exhibition, Weeping Laughing Song, they sent drawings back and forth to each other through the mail between Nevada and Pennsylvania. These drawings emerged out of responding, mutilating, distorting, focusing, centering, derailing, and fragmenting broken images and idiosyncratic processes; expanding a more open idea of how drawings can be.

Austin Pratt was born in Reno, Nevada and has since returned where he works and teaches. He received an MFA in Painting+Drawing at The University of Tennessee, and a BFA in Painting & Drawing from The University of Nevada. Pratt is the recent recipient of the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship, and was recipient of the Dorothy Dille and Orin B. Graff Scholarship, a Chancellor’s Fellowship, and the Terry Burnett Memorial Scholarship at the University of Tennessee. Solo exhibitions include Channel to Channel (Nashville), Gallery 1010 (Knoxville), and Sheppard Contemporary (Reno). Group exhibitions include Unix Gallery (NYC), Coagula Curatorial (LA) and Sahara West (Las Vegas). Pratt currently teaches Drawing at the University of Nevada, Reno. www.austinjpratt.com

Tom Wixo (b. 1991) was born in northwest Minnesota and currently lives and works in Lewisburg, PA. He earned an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, holds a BFA in Studio Art from Saint Cloud State University, and attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art. He is the recipient of an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, a Joseph Delaney Fellowship, and an artist residency at The Soap Factory. National solo and group exhibitions include The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn), H-Space (Cleveland), Vox Populi (Philadelphia),  Mild Climate (Nashville), Crosstown Arts (Memphis), and Fluorescent Gallery (Knoxville). www.tomwixo.com

An artist reception with Austin and Tom is set for Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6-8pm. The exhibition is on view from Aug. 1 – 30 with gallery hours Wed-Fri from 12-6pm or by appointment by contacting alisha@hollandreno.org or calling 775-448-6500.


SICOWBOYS, SOLDIERS, & GODDESSES | Maggie Hazen + Shay Arick

SERVA POOL | Aug. 1 – 23, 2019 | RECEPTION: THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 6-8PM

Cowboys, Soldiers, and Goddesses features the work of artists Shay Arick (NY via Israel) and Maggie Hazen (NY via Los Angeles). Their separate yet thematically intertwined practices engage with the influence of the American hero/ine in popular culture; spanning the history of popular entertainment and media, from Greek Mythology to Western movies and into today’s virtual experiences in video games and other immersive media. This exhibition wrestles with the dichotomy of heroism—both fictional portrayals and the reality of the embodied hero/ine. These heroic characters such as the Goddess Athena, John Wayne and other appropriated familiar icons are mingled together in their works raising questions about how the hero/ine affects individual and collective identity. In this show, Arick’s sculptural work and Hazen’s video installations echo each other and lure viewers into a world where fiction bleeds into our visceral reality.

Maggie Hazen is a New York based interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, working in a combination of moving image, sculpture and performance. She has exhibited and performed at The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles; The Pulse Contemporary Art Fair as a Pulse Play artist, Miami Beach; The Granoff Center, Brown University; CICA Museum, South Korea; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; and The Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston; among others. She has had residencies and fellowships at The Bronx Museum; The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA), China; The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, European Graduate School, Switzerland; I:O at the Helikon Art Center in Turkey; Vermont Studio Center, Vermont; and The Pasadena Side Street Projects in California. She has studied at Brown University, MIT and holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, Hazen is a professor at Bard College.  www.maggiehazen.com

Shay Arick is an Israeli visual artist based in New York working across sculpture, photography, video, and installation. His work has been exhibited at Y Gallery (New York), Watermill Center (New York), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), SOMarts (San Francisco), Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley), Ground For Sculpture (New Jersey), ZiZspace (Tel Aviv), Binyamin Gallery (Tel Aviv), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), OnSpace (Beijing), Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) among others. Arick is a recipient of Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award, the Eileen Cooper Award For Creativity and the America-Israel Award For Excellence In Sculpture. He has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including The International Sculpture Center, MASS MoCA, Kadist Art Foundation, The Watermill Center, Ox-Bow and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Arick has studied at SVA and holds an MFA in Sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from Bezalel Academy, Israel.  www.shayarick.com

Cowboys, Soldiers & Goddesses is on view in the Serva Pool Gallery at the Holland Project Aug. 1 – 23 with a reception on Aug. 15 from 6-8pm in conjunction with the opening for Laughing Weeping Song in the main gallery.  Gallery hours are Wed-Fri from 12-6pm or by appointment by emailing alisha@hollandreno.org or calling 775-448-6500.



The HP Main Gallery, Hallway Gallery and Serva Pool Gallery are all located at the Holland Project at 140 Vesta St., Reno, NV. Gallery hours are 12-6pm Wed – Fri and every last Saturday of an exhibition. Appointments can be made with Alisha by emailing alisha@hollandreno.org or calling 775-448-6500.

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