Nick Hollibaugh: WitnessSeptember 24 - November 14, 2010
The quiet and modest simplicity of paint and ash wood combined with a large presence that eludes to grandeur, in the most modest of vernaculars, creates a dynamic tension in this new body of work. Meticulously built with hand-cut strips of ash wood, Hollibaugh’s sculpture combines architecture and color to form structural manifestations of the Midwest landscape. The gradient of deep autumnal colors in Harvest Temple and the deep greenish black of Oil House allude to the positive and negative aspects of our constant bounty hunting of natural resources that spring from the earth. The sculptures appear to have movement as one passes due in part to the small slatted openings between the wooden panels. The juxtaposition of this sweeping illusion and the static presence of the grand sculptures introduces a shifting contemplation of progress.