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”.