Holly Veselka: Ancient Sunlight


Opening Reception: 
Thursday & Friday, April 5th & 6th, 6-9pm

Closing Reception: 
Thursday & Friday, May 3rd & 4th, 6-9pm


Ancient Sunlight is an installation of material experiments —chemical reactions and physical interactions of sugar, salt, and starch—by the multidisciplinary artist Holly Veselka. The form and surface of these materials reference biotic solar energy storage systems, and like these systems, they react to their environment, embody entropy, and decay over time.

Who is this primitive life, consumer of light, compressed over millions of years into crude oil? We surround ourselves with its processed remains. Did it ask to be exhumed, cremated, and scattered into atmosphere and ocean? The true zombie of our century—primordial life haunts its ancestral home in plain sight.

Why would life maintain itself,
Being nothing but a dirty scum on the sea?


Artist Bio:

Holly Veselka (b. 1981, Houston, TX) is a multidisciplinary artist who makes work about perception and the cosmos. Veselka has exhibited her work internationally and has received recognitions including Creative Capital’s 2016 On Our Radar and a 2015 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant. In 2017 she participated in residencies at Otis College, Los Angeles, and PICTURE BERLIN, Berlin. She is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the School of Art and Design.

On view: April 5th - May 4th, 2018

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