Solo Show "Ecstatic Time" at Five Car Garage, Los Angeles
I am so excited to be presenting a new body of work at the gallery Five Car Garage in Santa Monica, opening this Saturday, February 12th from 12-4pm. These paintings were inspired by my relocation from Berlin to Los Angeles and reflect my immediate surroundings and the person I share this space with. The show will run through March 19th and will be open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment on weekdays during the run of the show. Email email@example.com to make an appointment or to get the map.
From the press release:
We are delighted to present Andrew Holmquist’s exhibition
“ECSTATIC TIME” opening February 12th from 12-4pm at Five Car
Andrew Holmquist (b. 1985) explores the unsettled nature of
contemporary identity as seen through the lens of the free-
wheeling present. Drawing on myriad cultural references, from
the density and scale found in history painting to the singular
and tender moments found in intimate-scale forms such as the
miniature, Holmquist's works manifest as realizations of
embodied landscapes; hyperreal scenes of imagination, and
personal memory (except from a longer text by Omar Kholeif)
“These paintings are the product of my relocation to Los Angeles
from Berlin, a shift that gave me new perspectives on my
practice, the world, and the relationship between the two. I have returned to the simple question “What do you care about?”
repeatedly, and increasingly I find the answer in my immediate
surroundings and the person I share this space with.
Answers in small moments that stop me in my tracks.
More than ever, I trust that in these moments there is something
worth holding on to, regardless, or perhaps emphatically,
because of their quotidian and humble makeup.
The paintings were created as a way to spend more time in these
moments, to think through their conditions–their lighting,
actors, setting, and props–and somehow preserve the spark.
These paintings are swift and open and fluid and searching.
These paintings are happening now. They are first person
paintings filled with my queerness, my looking, my desire, and
And there is an excess, an overwhelming nature to the material
handling that signals to something beyond the bare facts of the
situation. These fleeting moments are like eruptions, like
breaks in the dam revealing the quotidian as abundance, or, in
the words of Jose Esteban Munoz, as “[an] affective excess that
presents the enabling force of a forward-dawning futurity that
And the queer relational bliss that Munoz describes has “the ability to rewrite a larger map of everyday life.”
These paintings draw you in close, envelop you in their
unfolding space and tuck you into the weave of their open
brushwork. They invite you. The door is open. The time and place
for relational bliss is now. There is hope. The map will be
Written by Andrew Holmquist
"Angle of Repose" at Poker Flats, Williamstown, Mass.
Honored to be showing alongside this fantastic lineup of artists in the show “Angle of Repose”, opening this Saturday, June 26th at Poker Flats in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The show will run through July 25th.
“Drawing inspiration from the Wallace Stegner novel of the same name, “Angle of Repose” brings together a group of artists who rely on intimate, extended engagement with the landscape to render both its immediacy and ultimate, sometimes overwhelming unknowability”
There will be a public opening reception Saturday June 26th 4-6pm. For hours and more information, visit the Poker Flats website
PLAIN AIR at Carrie Secrist Gallery
I am excited to share my recent landscape paintings in the show PLAIN AIR, opening in person and online this Saturday, May 29th at Carrie Secrist Gallery and running through July 17th, 2021. My paintings will be featured alongside a great lineup of artists all exploring the traditional genre of landscape in their work. I also played a role in organizing this exhibition alongside the team at Carrie Secrist Gallery, and we are so excited to share this breath of fresh air at this moment.
There will be a no-appointment-necessary/masks required opening reception this Saturday from 12-5pm at the new 900 W Washington Blvd location, and the online viewing room will go live on Saturday as well. For more information on the show and how to visit the new location, please visit the Carrie Secrist Gallery Website. As of June 17th, appointments are no longer required to visit, so come on by!
Create! Magazine Interview
I had the pleasure of talking with Christina Nafziger for an interview that was recently published in Create! Magazine. She had great questions and wrote a lovely introduction, so check those out along with my pithy responses and glimpses of my new work!
I'm excited to one of the artists participating in Drive-By-Art Los Angeles taking place Memorial Day Weekend. My home is on the "East LA" side of things, so my installation will take place on the first of two weekends, May 23-25 from noon-6pm each day.
Here's a description of the project, for more info click the link above. Hope to see you drive by this weekend!
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted cultural networks bringing many galleries and museums to a halt and moving visual arts experiences online. Meanwhile, drive-by baby showers and birthdays have become the norm for celebrating special events during this time of social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enter Drive-By-Art, an outdoor public art exhibition that is experienced from the safety and intimacy of one’s own automobile. Not only does Drive-By-Art create a sense of needed solidarity within the artistic and cultural communities now entrenched in the Los Angeles basin, but it also offers an experience that is otherwise severely limited by our current social distancing practices: interacting with tangible objects in the real world.
Like the first rendition which took place on the South Fork of Long Island’s East End (May 9-10), Drive-By-Art in Los Angeles is similar to other drive-by exhibitions that have become commonplace in the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. As it was recently reported in the New York Times Art and Design section (May 10, 2020), Drive-By-Art is a response to a generalized feeling permeating the networks of artists and cultural producers sequestered in their homes and studios dealing with depressed income, isolation and the fears that precarious futures produce.
video recording of Comic Book reading and talk
In celebration of my exhibition HQME I recently did a zoom reading of a new WiP comic book that ties into the Suits of Armor drawings that are part of the show. I also talked a bit about the show in general and shared my thoughts about keeping busy during this strange time.
The whole talk, including Q&A at the end, lasts about an hour. The comic book reading starts at the 20:40 minute mark and goes to the 34:00 minute mark
CQMIC BQQK HAPPY HQUR
In celebration of my exhibition HQME, please join me for a CQMIC BQQK HAPPY HQUR hosted by Carrie Secrist Gallery and yours truly—Andrew Holmquist.
Where the party at?! Party here:
Friday, May 15th, from 6-7pm (CST)
Follow this ZOOM link to the CQMIC BQQK HAPPY HQUR:
I am hoping to tickle all your fancies when I read through a WiP comic book illustrating my imaginative meditation routine that results in the Suits of Armor drawings featured in the show and on my Instagram. I will also share a glimpse into my home studio, where all the magic happens.
PLUS: no party is complete without a concluding Q&A. So get those burning, multipart queries ready!
Cocktails encouraged. Attire optional.
Hope you can join me,
HQME now on view on the Carrie Secrist Gallery online viewing room!
I want to invite you to visit the Carrie Secrist Gallery: Online Viewing Room to peruse my exhibition HQME—which launched today! The virtual exhibition is a new endeavor for me, and it has been a welcome challenge to focus on during this strange time.
Some of the work in the exhibition was made prior to our new reality, and it reflects my fascination with the wild landscape I now call home: Los Angeles. Some of the work was made during isolation, and reflects the pivoting of my attention inwards. I have been strengthened by the intimacy of what I can control in the studio, and my wish is that this work brings a spark to whoever needs it within their own four walls.
I hope you are all finding your own sources of power at the moment. Stay strong—there’s no way out but through!
See you on the other side of through.
Dallas Art Fair 2019
I am excited to have new paintings and a large ceramic sculpture featured in the Carrie Secrist Gallery booth, number F21, at the Dallas Art Fair along side gallery artists Anne Lindberg, Stephen Eichhorn, and Liliana Porter. The Fair runs April 11-14.
New essay on my work written by critic Laurie Rojas
I am honored to have a new essay on my recent work written by Berlin-based independent art critic Laurie Rojas, written on the occasion of my solo shows ABOVE GROUND POOL at Johannes Vogt Gallery in NYC and NEW SUCCULENCE at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.
NEW SUCCULENCE at Carrie Secrist Gallery
I am pleased to announce my solo exhibition NEW SUCCULENCE at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago is open March 16th - April 27th, 2019.
Above Ground Pool at Johannes Vogt Gallery NYC opens March 2nd
I am very excited to announce my upcoming solo show at Johannes Vogt Gallery in NYC, presented in cooperation with Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago. I will be presenting four new paintings and a new monumental ceramic sculpture in their project space, Next Door Gallery. The show runs March 2nd - March 30th, 2019, with an opening reception on the evening on March 2nd.
EXPO Chicago 2018
Image of the day on Elephant Magazine
My painting, Fuck Boy, was the image of the day on the Elephant Magazine website for August 11th, 2018
New work in A Strong Desire at PS120 Berlin
I am pleased to announce I will have a new painting, ceramic sculptures and drawings featured in the show A Strong Desire opening July 26th at PS120 in Berlin. For more info click here
Dallas Art Fair 2018
I will have new large works on paper, ceramic sculptures and lithographs on display this weekend, April 13-15, at the Dallas Art Fair. You can find my work alongside works by Shannon Finley and Whitney Bedford at Carrie Secrist Gallery, booth F5. To see available works click here.
Alter Ego opens January 20th at Carrie Secrist Gallery
Please join me for the opening reception of my solo show “Alter Ego” at Carrie Secrist Gallery on January 20th from 5-8pm. The show will feature new works on paper, paintings on canvas, ceramic sculptures as well as a series of lithographs I recently completed at Keystone Editions in Berlin. The show runs through March 3rd.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
I am pleased to announce I will have two paintings featured in the show Eternal Youth at the Museum of Contemporary art Chicago. The show runs March 11 - July 23, 2017. For more information visit the MCA website
Featured on James Yood's list of top shows in Art Ltd.
Really proud to be listed in such good company on James Yood's top Chicago shows of 2016 in Art Ltd.
As of July 2016 I am now based in Berlin, Germany
You can follow me on Instagram
Conversation with David Getsy at Soho House Chicago
I am proud to be joined by historian David Getsy for a discussion of my work at Soho House Chicago on March 10, 2016, from 6:30-8:00pm. Here is the description:
Andrew Holmquist is one of the artists in Soho House’s permanent collection. He is joined by art historian David Getsy in the Music Room to celebrate his new body of work featured at Carrie Secrist Gallery. Enjoy a glass of Solo Contigo as they discuss his essay “Promiscuous Abstraction” and his book STAGE LEFT which features a 32-page queer super-hero comic that unifies his painting, ceramic, 16mm film and costume work into a coherent narrative.
STAGE LEFT at Carrie Secrist Gallery January 23, 2016
My third solo exhibition, titled STAGE LEFT, opens January 23 at Carrie Secrist. The show features painting, costume, 16mm film and ceramic as well as a catalogue containing an original 32-page comic book made for the exhibition.
EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier
Stop by Carrie Secrist Gallery, booth #216 at EXPO Chicago this Thursday-Sunday 9/17-9/20 to see new paintings and works on paper of mine.
Baudrillard's America at Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Please join me this Saturday June 20 from 4-7pm at Andrew Rafacz Gallery for the opening reception of Baudrillard’s America, a group exhibition of new painting by Larissa Borteh, Jay Davis, Ted Gahl, Richard Galling, Noël Morical, Josh Reames, Adam Scott, Wendy White and yours truly. The Show runs through July 25.
Inside/Within recently visited my studio and you can view the interview and pictures that resulted here
So excited to be an exhibiting comic artist at this year's Chicago Alternative Comic Expo... AKA CAKE! I will have a wee table with plenty of books on display including a brand spanking new risograph-printed 16-page comic for sale for the very first time! Check out the "illustration" section of my site to see the pages in digital form to wet you appetite for the real deal come June 6 & 7 at the Center on Halstead. For more information visit the CAKE website
UNTITLED Miami Beach
I’m excited to be featured alongside Carson Fisk-Vittori in the Carrie Secrist Gallery both at the UNTITLED fair in Miami Beach, open Dec 3-7. If you’re in the neighborhood please check it out!
Ground Floor at HPAC
I'm honored to be a part of the upcoming “Ground Floor” exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, which gathers twenty recent MFA graduates from the Chicago area. Please join me for the opening reception December 12 from 5:45-8:00pm.
Three person show at Hidden Dog Gallery, Chicago
Please join me this Friday October 3 from 6-10 for the opening reception of Fantasy Zone: K-9 Island at Hidden Dog Gallery. The show features new work from Karolina Gnatowski, Berlin-based illustrator Sharmila Banerjee, and yours truly. Hidden Dog is located at 2151 W 21st Street in Pilsen, and the show runs through october 24.
New paintings at EXPO CHICAGO this weekend!
I am excited to have paintings in both the Carrie Secrist Gallery booth (#222) and the Hyde Park Art Center Booth (#814) at this year's EXPO CHICAGO, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art held at Navy Pier September 18-21.
At Carrie Secrist I will be debuting new paintings and will be joined by Whitney Bedford, Anne Lindberg, and Paul Anthony Smith. New paintings of mine will be cycled through the duration of the fair, so repeat viewing is advised!
The HPAC booth is dedicated to showcasing the recent MFA graduates from the Chicago area who were selected to be included in the Ground Floor show taking place in December, which I am honored to be among!
I'm an artist worth investing in!
I'm featured in this Chicago Magazine article about "four rising chicago artists worth investing in"
Video and Editioned Artist's Books @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
From July 12 through August 9 you can swing by Carrie Secrist Gallery to see a summer project show featuring the new video and artist's books I have been working on in conjunction with painting during my two years in grad school at SAIC.
In the front gallery i have created a reading room showcasing the new limited edition box set of books (which is featured in the "illustration" section of my site). Each set contains 10 books produced on the offset press. As a backdrop for this space I have selected a section from my most recent book "Connection" and blown it up to fill a 40ft wide wall!
The second gallery has been turned into a screening room featuring the video from my MFA show "Painting, Time and Space" and the two videos that lead up to it. "Painting, Time and Space" can be found in the 2014 folder in the "Artwork" section of my site. It looks better big so check it out at the gallery if you can!
Bad at Sports Interview
Please check out this recent interview I did with Kevin Blake for Bad at Sports!
MFA degree recipient!
In May 2014 I received my MFA degree from the painting department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago! Not only that, I also am the proud recipient of the Carrie Ellen Tuttle Painting Fellowship!
TWO x TWO benefit auction
I am very honored to have a painting at this year's TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction benefiting amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art, held annually at the Rachofsky House in Dallas, Texas. For more information and to see the catalogue please visit their website
Newcity review of Marco [Polo]
Click here for a review of my show Marco [Polo] written by Matt Morris for Newcity. He talks about my work in relation to two other concurrent shows to address the use of the body and its deconstruction in Chicago art. Very honored and pleased to read this thoughtful response.
New paintings at EXPO Chicago this weekend!
I'll have several new paintings on display at the Carrie Secrist Gallery booth at EXPO Chicago, the second annual international exposition of contemporary and modern art held at Navy Pier. The show runs Friday through Monday 9/20-9/22.
Solo Show at Carrie Secrist Gallery
I am thrilled to announce my second solo show at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Marco (Polo), will be opening this Friday September 20th! The show features new paintings, sculptures and prints that explore textures of the summer, depictions of space, and an ongoing investigation of abstraction from the figure, landscape and still life. Please join me for the opening reception from 5-8pm this Friday 9/20 at Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 W Washington. The show is on view through October 12th.
20th Anniversary show @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
I'm pleased to announce I am one of the featured artists in the 20th anniversary exhibition of Carrie Secrist Gallery. Please join me for the opening reception this Saturday, December 15th from 5-8. Carrie Secrist Gallery is located at 835 W Washington in Chicago.
My work is also currently on display in two shows outside of Chicago: Small Packages at Cumberland Gallery in Nashville and The Magic Flute at Golden in New York. If you find yourself in these parts in the coming weeks please check them out!
Check out my paintings at the Carrie Secrist Gallery booth at PULSE Miami!
The Magic Flute at Golden Gallery in NYC
I am honored to be a featured artist in “The Magic Flute” opening at Golden Gallery in NYC this Friday, November 16. This exhibition is structured around the paintings of Kimber Smith, one of which shares the name of the show, and also features work by Elijah Burgher, Joe Fyfe, William J. O’Brien, Tal R and Patricia Treib.
Open Studio Night at SAIC and MDW Fair!
I am excited to be participating in a few events taking place this weekend:
This coming Friday, November 9th, I will be participating in Open Studio Night at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Graduate studios across campus will be open to the public and many of the artists will be present to talk about their work. The event goes from 4:30-10:00pm, with my building and studio (Maclean building, 112 S Michigan Ave, studio 1711) open from 5:30-7:30.
Also taking place this weekend, I will have work included in the show miniature/GIGANTIC in the Slow Gallery booth at the MDW Fair. I will be contributing a new 8-foot tall painting along with 3 months of daily paintings to the “gigantic” part of this two-part exhibition. The MDW Fair takes place November 9-11th, 2012 at the Mana Contemporary Chicago located at: 2233 South Throop Street Chicago, IL 60608.
Daily Painting Blog
I've created a blog where I will be adding paintings on a regular basis from my new daily painting series, along with source images that i find inspiring. You can check it out |here!
Temporal Figuration @ LVL3 Gallery
Hello! I am pleased to announce that I will be in a three person show titled "Temporal Figuration" at LVL3 opening this Saturday, April 14th from 6:00pm-10:00pm. The other two artists are Jade Walker, a sculptor based in Austin, and David Brandon Geeting, a photographer based in Brooklyn. LVL3 is located at 1542 N Milwaukee ave, I hope to see you there Saturday night!
Temporal Figuration explores the loose and playful use of figural elements in each of the artists’ work. David Brandon Geeting employs commonplace techniques to explore visual possibilities in the seemingly banal, giving his inanimate subjects a human feeling. Andrew Holmquist combines abstraction with fragments of figural representation to depict elements, both tangible and impalpable, of the human experience. Jade Walker evokes and explores bodily forms and gender duality, piecing together found objects to create abstract sculptures. Each artist pulls the art out of the everyday and the ordinary with the manipulation of medium and material process.
feature on Painttube
I was recently featured on the Painttube blog. Nice! Check it out!
My show at CSG included in Newcity's top 5 painting shows of 2011!
There will be a closing reception for my show WORLDS COLLIDE at Carrie Secrist Gallery this Saturday, 10/15/11, from 3:00-5:00pm. I will be present and happy to talk about the paintings in the show to anyone who cares to listen. Hope to see you there!
Hot Off The Press!
Shout out for my show in this week's Paul Klein Art Letter
I am very proud to be mentioned on the list of Paul Klein's top picks from the fall season opening shows in Chicago this past weekend in his most recent Art Letter. Here is what he had to say:
Carrie Secrist has married and altered her gallery's agenda to greater emphasize young and emerging artists and she starts of the season with a bang. Andrew Holmquist is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute. Some of his paintings are glorious, a few are clunkers. some are humorous and all are brave. Holmquist has joyous talent and trusts his aesthetic impulses, which over time will surely get honed, but for now he's sharing his not very bridled gusto with us. I love the vulnerability.
To see the entire list check out the following link.
Solo Exhibition: Andrew Holmquist: WORLDS COLLIDE! @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
A one-person exhibition of my paintings, entitled "WORLDS COLLIDE" is currently on display at Carrie Secrist Gallery in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The show features six large new paintings, a few new medium-sized paintings and two series of new daily paintings. One series spans 7/29/11, the day I was offered the exhibition, to 9/8/11, the day before the show opened. The second series began on the opening day, 9/9/11, and will continue throughout the length of the show till its closing on 10/15/11. New paintings are being added daily, so even if you've already seen the show there's good reason to go back to see the progress i've made. Check out the Carrie Secrist Gallery website to read the press release and for more information.
New Paintings at MDW Fair and NEXT Fair
I'm going to have new paintings up at both the MDW Fair and the Art Chicago Next Fair as a featured artist in the booths run by Slow Gallery.
The MDW (midway) Fair is this Saturday and Sunday, 4/23 & 4/24, at the Geolofts, 3636 S Iron Street, Chicago, and is a gathering of Chicago-based galleries, spaces, artist groups and initiatives that will fill over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The Next Fair at |http://www.artchicago.com/|Art Chicago is the following weekend, 4/29-5/2, and is held at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
Please come by if you're in the area and check out what's going on!
3.2..1...GO! exhibition at Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
I am pleased to be a part of the three person show "3.2..1...GO!" currently on view at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln Nebraska. The show is curated by Byron Anway and also features the work of David Brian Dobbs and Ben Moore and will be on display through April 30th. Visit the Tugboat Gallery website for more information.
hArts for Art silent Auction at LVL3
I have a piece up in the silent auction at LVL3 Gallery tonight, with all the money from the event benefiting art education. Prices for all of the art in the show start at $20 so come buy some affordable art for a good cause!
Chicago Reader feature
Check out the Galleries & Museums section of this week's Chicago Reader and you will see a photo of one of my paintings and a write up of my show at The Center on Halsted! Full color!
Solo Exhibition at the Center on Halsted 2/18
Please Join me this Friday, February 18th, between 7:00pm and 9:30pm for a showing of my paintings at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N Halsted (close to the Addison red line stop). I will have a number of paintings and works on paper on display on the second floor, much of which are brand new, though there are some hold-overs from previous shows of the past year. The work will be on display through March 22 so if you find yourself in the neighborhood take a look.
Art Loop Open
I’m pleased to announce I will be participating in the first Art Loop Open exhibition, taking place from October 15-29 in downtown Chicago. This is both an exhibition and a competition between nearly 200 Chicago-based artists that will have their work on display at 10 locations throughout the loop where the public will be able to vote for their favorite artworks. The artists that receive the most votes will move on to the final round where cash prizes are eventually awarded to the top three.
My painting is on display on the first floor of the Block 37 mall, located at 108 N State. Many of the participating artists are also on display at this location, but to see the full list of locations along with other information about the event please click on the following link:
To vote you will need to text the corresponding ID number found on the info card next to each piece. In the first round of voting, 10/15 – 10/21, you can vote for as many pieces as you like. From what I have seen there are a number of really interesting pieces so please come check it out (and if you vote for me that would be great!).
This Friday, October 15th from 5-8 there will be an opening reception art crawl going to each location so please come by for a complementary “artini” and a chance to talk to the artists.
Jolie Laide in Philadelphia
I am proud to be showing with Mike Andrews and Easton Miller at Jolie Laide Gallery in Philadelphia. The opening is Friday, October 1st from 6-9pm. If you are in the area please come by and say hello!
www.jolielaide.com/gallery/Jolie_Laide_… Jolie Laide|
The good folks at LVL3 interviewed me for their blog. Check it out!
Booze and Bacon
I have one new painting up right now at Slow, 2153 W 21st st, in the group show "Booze and Bacon". There's plenty of fun work to see there and well worth the trip down to Pilsen to check it out. Regular hours are Saturdays 12-5, 773-645-8803