Quirk’s current artist-in-residence, Carli Holcomb, will exhibit the brand new work that she’s created during her residency. Carli’s show, “Black Moon” includes sculptures, installations, and seldom-shared drawings. Please join us in the Mezzanine level at Quirk Hotel for a reception with the artist on Friday, October 28 from 5 to 8 pm.
“I see the moment of creation as a threshold. A fertile ground where anything is possible. My work combines an interest in geological processes, cosmologies, and the sense of wonderment I feel in questioning the unknown. I create formless floating worlds that have a seducing, enlightening, and ultimately deceiving presence. Vibrant lusty clusters of candied opulence emphasize the wetness at the beginning of life. Dry folds give way to woozy nests and frenzied organisms while dripping crystalline structures puncture soft unknowable terrains. Through the process of making I indulge my desire to create an otherworld, one that bubbles, garishly drips, and slips slowly into lavish amalgamations. Through the hybridized geology, spontaneous generation, and the blatant artifice of the worlds I create, I’ve become accustomed to the fact that nature never fully allows you to understand its existence.”
Carli was born in 1991 in Wyoming and currently resides in Richmond Virginia. Her career began as an undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming, where Carli earned a BFA in metal arts under Leah Hardy. Carli received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University under professor Susie Ganch, and was given several Graduate Teaching Fellowships while there. Upon completing her graduate degree, Carli has furthered her career through a generous opportunity as an artist in residence at Quirk Hotel and Gallery. Her work can be seen on the cover of the 2016 Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print, “Shifting Sites.” She also holds a teaching appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft and Materials Studies Program and the Art Foundations Program.
During this time Carli is creating new work that will be on display through December at the Quirk Residency Storefront on Madison Avenue in Richmond VA. In addition she is preparing for solo shows at Quirk Gallery in Richmond VA, the Visual Arts Center in Richmond VA, and additional shows throughout the region.