Moira Holohan (b. 1976 New York, NY, lives in Miami)
Holohan labors over layers of time that loop together history with present-day patterns and futuristic media prisms
Moira Holohan uses a multi-discipline approach to evoke a comical tension between counterposed temporal perceptions. From the purposely dilatory methodical weaving process to a hasty intuitive drawing and video footage composite, both characteristics of the New York Avant-Garde, which exerted a strong influence on Holohan’s artistic training in New York during the 80s and 90s. Holohan labors over layers of time that loop together history with present-day patterns and futuristic media prisms.
Holohan often references Chroma Green (popularly known as green screen) to enhance the dynamism for these temporal transitions between weaving, drawings, and videos. Chroma green has become a contemporary signifier in Holohan’s work, representing a portal, a marker of unstable identity, and a place of transformation. A transformation that takes the viewer to computer-generated landscapes and an imaginative capacity, suggesting a self-awareness and transient space that enables change.
When describing Holohan’s video work, René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), writes: “Holohan intervenes into every split second of the footage, transforming the temporal fluidity of video into something much more tactile and controllable. In the process, she switches back and forth from mechanical means of creation to manual ones, imbuing the “coldness” of the medium with the warm aura of the handmade. With each of these shifts, she regulates the tempo of her progress, oscillating between quick phases and inordinately slow ones. The resulting videos compress months of work into poignantly brief productions. For the artist, this feature of her practice serves, on one level, as a way to think critically about artistic labor—as a way to disentangle it from its romantic associations and expose it to scrutiny while nevertheless diving into it wholeheartedly”.
Moira Holohan (b.1976, New York, NY; lives and works, Miami, FL).
Raised in Manhattan, Holohan studied at iconic New York art schools such as the Arts Students League of New York, Cooper Union, New York Studio School, or the National Academy of Design School of Fine Art. Holohan was greatly influenced by some of her earlier training including her high school teacher Marc Schlesinger who assisted Lee Krasner, a renowned artist from the New York School. Holohan was an artist assistant to John Coplans (1995) and to Fred Tomaselli (1998). Holohan received a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at Hunter College, NY and a Bachelor Degree at Bard College, NY.
Holohan lives and works in Miami, FL. She was an artist in residence at Annex Arts in Castine, ME with a final exhibition, Subsurface(2019) and had a solo exhibition Green, at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden(2019) Holohan was one of the cofounders of meetinghouse, an exhibition space merging disciplines of art, design and architecture. She served as the Director of Art from (2015-2018). Since 2020 Holohan has been an associate artist at the Bakehouse, Miami, Fl.
Select group exhibitions include; A Thread of Execution, Dimensions Variable, Miami, Fl , (2017) Aesthetics & Values, FIU Frost Art Museum, Miami, Fl , Screen Dance Miami, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Fl (2016 ) Flow State: Thisishappening, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Fl (2014 ) Pattern State: Fringe Project, Miami, Fl (curated by Amanda Sanfilippo) (2014) Miami Light and Texture, Miami, Fl (curated by Kathryn Mikesell) (2014) Cortaditos, MDC Museum of Art & Design, Miami, Fl (2013 ) New Work Miami 2013, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Fl (2013), co-curated by PAMM associate curators René Morales and Diana Nawi. Practices Remain, Regina Rex, Queens, NY (2012), DCG 2012, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Fl , (2012); Practices Remain, Norwegian Wood Building, Miami Fl (2012); Split, General Practice, Miami, Fl, curated by Carlos Rigau (2011); Re-Framing the Feminine, Girls Club Web Project, Fort Lauderdale, Fl (2010); and Sky/water…Reproduction, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, Fl, curated by Carlos Rigau (2009 ).
Born in New York, NY in 1976. Lives and works in Miami, FL
2005 – 2008 Hunter College, MFA / 1994 – 1998 Bard College, BA
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019 Green, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami, Fl
2019 Subsurface, Annex Arts, Castine, ME
2012 Moments in Process, 6th Street Container, Miami Fl
2012 Elements, Hollywood Art and Culture Center Project Space, Hollywood, Fl
2011 Split, General Practice, Miami, Fl
Selected Group EXHIBITIONS
2017 A Thread of Execution, Dimensions Variable, Miami, Fl
Aesthetics & Values, FIU Frost Art Museum, Miami, Fl
Screen Dance Miami, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Fl
2016 Screen Dance Miami, Screening Room, Miami, Fl
2014 Flow State: Thisishappening, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Fl Pattern State: Pattern State: Fringe Project, Miami, Fl (curated by Amanda Sanfilippo) Miami Light and Texture, Miami, Fl (curated by Kathryn Mikesell)
Cortaditos, MDC Museum of Art & Design, Miami, Fl
2013 Drawing Project (online exhibition), Frost Art Museum, Miami Fl
New Work Miami 2013, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Fl
(co-curated by PAMM associate curators René Morales and Diana Nawi) Whiskey and Rye, Night Club, Miami, Fl (curated by Amalia Caputo)
Speak Now, Deering Estate, Miami, Fl
2012 Practices Remain, Regina Rex, Queens, NY
DCG 2012, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Fl
Practices Remain, Norwegian Wood Building, Miami Fl
2011 Re-Framing the Feminine(Girls Club Web Project), Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
2010 Sky/water…Reproduction, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space,
Miami, Fl (curated by Carlos Rigau)
2009 Domestic, AC Institute, NewYork, NY
2007 A Merging of Minds, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Annex Arts, Castine, MN
2014 Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2003 Inga Denton Scholarship, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2001 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2014 Artist Access Grant, Tigertail Productions, Miami, Fl
2008 Tom Wood Award, Hunter College, New York, NY
1998 The Jane from Yacenda Scholarship: In the Arts, Bard College, NY