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Guest Artist Workshop: Evan Holm

Oakland artist Even Holm collaborated with a select group of LLA students to create a series of striking artworks that draw from a unique printmaking technique he has been practicing in his own art.

 

By Justin Warren

 

Oakland artist Even Holm collaborated with a select group of LLA students to create a series of striking artworks that draw from a unique printmaking technique he has been practicing in his own art.

“He was really there to help us, and show us techniques that he’s learned, and he made it really easy, and made it fun,” said workshop participant Justice, a senior at LLA. “It was really cool seeing the outcome” she said of the work that resulted from the collaboration.

The technique involved prepping a melamine surface and selecting found objects to arrange on it, then applying water-based pigment and allowing the surface to dry. The evaporation process leaves behind the pigment, forming a delicate sheet of color that captures the contour and textures of the arranged objects. To finish the work, Holm guided students through carefully removing the objects, sealing the surface, and adding a mounting bracket to the reverse side for exhibition.

“I was really shocked, and amazed that all those objects that I put on mine told a story,” Justice said, after preparing the final work for exhibition. “It just came to life.”

 

The work Holm produces for professional exhibition ranges from sculptural animated installations such as Transistor Hive and Submerged Turntables, as well as two-dimensional work using some of the techniques he showed at LLA.

While the students’ artworks employ the same technique Holm uses for work that he has exhibited publicly as a working fine artist, they tried colors and textural applications with which Holm had never experimented.

“I saw a lot of students taking risks and making some really creative choices with colors and composition that I hadn’t thought of before,” Holm said, after hosting the workshop. “It’s wonderful to see students using the technique that I developed, but using it in new ways that I hadn’t thought about doing.”

Holm’s work has been exhibited at premiere art events like Levi’s Station to Station, and the SF MoMA’s closing exhibition, as well as at local galleries like Hatch Gallery and Little Big Space in the East Bay. He’s earned recognition for his work in Rolling Stone and by 7×7 Magazine.

 View more of Holm’s work at evanholm.com

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