JULEE HOLCOMBE | Homo Bulla (man is a bubble)
September 9 - October 22, 2005
Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to introduce Julee Holcombe, an outstanding young artist who received her MFA last year from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. In Homo Bulla (man is a bubble), her first one-artist exhibition, Holcombe presents an extraordinary new series of photographs that are smart, beautiful and rich in meaning.
For this series, the artist digitally manipulated her contemporary photographic images to create elegant compositions with exacting visual and iconographic details evocative of the style and spirit of Renaissance master paintings. She employed the pictorial format of portraiture to elaborate on the theme of the transience of human life. Holcombe instilled psychic tension in each of these pictures by embedding her temporal subjects within timeless cultural frameworks.
In the work after which she named the series, Homo Bulla (man is a bubble), 2005, two children blowing bubbles are posed next to a table containing familiar objects charged with meaning, including an hourglass and an extinguished candle. The immediacy of the children’s portraits conjoined with the fragility of the bubbles and the finality of the hourglass and smoking candle convey that youth is fleeting. Yet the classic symbols selected by the artist, and the age-old certainty of their import, profoundly bespeak the permanence of cultural conventions that have been codified in artistic symbolism.
There will be opening night reception at Conner Contemporary Art on Friday, September 9th from 6-8pm.
Conner Contemporary Art is located in Dupont Circle @ 1730 Connecticut Avenue, NW – 2nd Floor, Washington, DC, 20009. For more information: www.connercontemporary.com
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Leigh Conner or Karyn Miller.