Just This One Thing (tapestry), 2017
Cotton and steel
40.5 x 52.5 inches
Unique one of a kind
Rhonda Holberton’s work explores the way technology reshapes the relationship between humans and our physical world. As the exhibition title Still Life suggests, this exhibition utilizes material and process to transgress the boundary between stillness and life. Unexpected parallels emerge between the organic and constructed such as value and waste, self and other, cognition and physiology, and real and representational. The cool façade provides a smokescreen for strange pairings and the subversive use of manufacturing as medium. Utilizing materials that run the gamut from gold dust and mosquitoes, to psychic readings and mannequins salvaged from the American Apparel bankruptcy liquidation, these objects are not simply things in themselves. Rather, they carry a coded memory of their personal, material, and cultural relations. The works weave together to form a surreal narrative documenting the artist’s attempts to make sense of our humanity within massive systems that can only be accessed through a technological lens.
RHONDA HOLBERTON (b. 1981, Fall Church, Virginia USA)
Working in sculpture, installation and photography, Rhonda Holberton employs a hybrid of scientific and metaphysical practices to reveal a symbolic reading of empirical canons of belief. Rhonda has recently had solo and two person exhibitions at City Limits Gallery (Oakland, CA), Royal Nonesuch (Oakland, CA) and the Berkeley Art Center (Berkeley, CA) and CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco Arts Commission and notable private collections. Her work was recently featured in Mexico City as a solo presentation in Zona Maco Sur selected by the Directors of the Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal, and in November 2017 she was one of three women honored by the National Museum for Women in the Arts' as San Francisco Bay Area Women To Watch, curated by SFMOMA's Jenny Gheith. Holberton received her B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and her MFA from Stanford University where she currently teaches courses in experimental media. Her work has been featured in SFAQ, Art in America, Art Practical and Daily Serving, among others. Holberton is represented by CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions. CULT and Transfer Gallery will co-present Holberton's exhibition Still Life at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in April-May 2018. Request an invitation.