RESTLESS: A Feminist, Open-Air Dance Performance by Colleen Thomas, in connection with Mundillo (Little World)
Sunday, October 24, 2021, 1-3pm (performances every 30 minutes)
Visual artist Samantha Holmes, known for her large-scale metal and stone works and public art projects (including Hell Gate Cairns, an installation in NYC’s Randall’s Island and Riverside Park) and dancer-choreographer Colleen Thomas, whose recent work Light and Desire was praised for delivering “an implicit answer for how to get around the forces that silence women” by The New York Times, join forces for a free public event featuring RESTLESS, a dance performance on and around the newly-relocated sculpture Mundillo (Little World) in a celebration of women and their work.
Community Event: Family Art Activities at Mundillo (Little World)
October 11, 2021
Please join me on Sunday, October 17 for a family arts event at the site of my newest installation, Mundillo (Little World) at 97th St and Amsterdam in Manhattan. Children will have an opportunity to meet an artist in person and ask any questions while completing a string-art craft of their own.
11am-2pm at northeast corner of 97th and Amsterdam.
Equilibrium VI at Newark Arts Festival
October 4, 2021
My newest sculpture, Equilibrium VI, is being shown this week for the first time as part of Newark Arts Festival, curated by Adrienne Wheeler. Please join us at the opening reception on Wednesday October 6, 2021 6-9pm at 609 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
The works in this series are highly minimal: arrangements of stone held in unlikely equilibrium by almost-invisible strands of my own hair, creating a tension between the sculptural forms, between hard and soft, masculine and feminine. Collected during the period of hair loss following the birth of my child in 2019–a common bi-product of soaring hormone levels during pregnancy–these hairs speak to the uncanny union of strength and delicacy that is the maternal body.
Mundillo (Little World) Reinstalled in Manhattan
September 16, 2021
Mundillo (Little World) has been reinstalled on 97th and Amsterdam in New York, NY, in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation Arts and the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District. The sculpture will remain at this new site for one year.
A monument to women’s work and the cultural dynamism of New York City, Mundillo (Little World) translates the patterns of traditional Puerto Rican lacework from the intimacy of the home to the visibility of the city square, from the softness of cotton to the resilience of steel.
Friday, June 01, 2018
BRONX NOW, on view June 29 to August 10, 2018, is an exhibition that explores the community of Bronx-based artists creating remarkable work outside of traditional spheres. Curated by Laura N James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative, BRONX NOW seeks to expand interest in Bronx artists.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
In my newest installation, “The Cavalry", painted carousel horses emerge from the ground at odd angles, as if rising from the past. An homage to Starlight Park’s history as a fairground, the playful form of the horses evokes an idyllic past and points to a hopeful future for the park and its surrounding community. At the same time, they carry a darker message, an allusion to the brutalities of war that signaled the close of the park in the early 20th century: a visual reference to the famous scene from Curzio Malaparte’s fictionalized memoir, Kaputt, in which a stable of military horses, fleeing a fire in the woods of Russia, plunge into a nearby lake to escape the flames. The impact of so many startled bodies causes the lake to flash-freeze in an instant, trapping the horses in motion, locked the panic and horror of their final moments.
Friday, June 01, 2018
Please join me for the opening of my latest installation, "One Nation" at the Lillstreet Rooftop Gallery in Chicago on Friday June 1, 6-8pm. "One Nation" is a series of four black and white flags that seek to refresh our notions of national identity. The first pole holds a monochrome version of the American flag that is traditionally used to honor fallen police and military officers, a reminder of the critical role these individuals play in safeguarding our country. The remaining banners display the stripes alone; divorced from the familiar stars, the stripes become an echo of the historical prison uniform, a symbol of all those incarcerated in the criminal justice system – and a reminder that these citizens, too, are built into the fabric of our country.
Monday, March 12, 2018
What Is & What If, the 14th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition features the 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients. The exhibition is curated by Chelsea Markowitz, Curator of Exhibitions at Main Line Art Center, and features 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients James B. Abbott (Photography | Ardmore, PA), Gregory Brellochs (Drawing | Philadelphia, PA), and Samantha Holmes(Mosaic, Sculpture & Installation | Bronx, New York). Through photography, drawing, and sculpture these artists investigate human perception, interpretation, and conceptual forces, challenging us to examine our environments and the world around us. By means of creative exploration, these artists analyze historical contexts to create new innovative landscapes, leaving us to question what is and what could be.
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Friday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:00 pm. FREE & open to the public.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Please join me next Saturday, May 19, 12-5pm for the first annual South Bronx Open Studios. From Mott Haven to Port Morris, artists will be opening their studios in this growing vibrant artist community. More information about participating artists at www.dontcallitsobro.com. I'll have my studio open 12-5 and would love to share what I've been working on.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte 115th Street branch will host the exhibition Infinite Archive: NYPL. This exhibition introduces a diverse group of 30 artists, each responding to a book, poem, periodical or other archival material from The New York Public Library’s vast collection. Artworks included span across a wide spectrum of media ranging from paintings, printmaking, photography, assemblage and sculpture.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
The Cluster Gallery is pleased to announce “Work on Paper”, a group exhibition juried and curated by Muriel Guepin. Featuring works by Christina J Massey, Jee hyun Hwang, Kit Warren, Minako Imamura, Samantha Holmes, Scott Nelson Foster, Sung Won Yun.
The exhibition will open on March 2nd, and on view through March 30th, 2018, with an opening for the public on Friday, March 2, from 7 to 9 pm at The Cluster Gallery / Brooklyn Art Cluster.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Open Windows VI will be included in the upcoming Works On/Of Paper exhibition at the Brick Red Gallery in New Orleans. In the series, cut paper folios hang like the skeleton of a stained glass window. Where there was glass, there is air; in place of lead, paper. Stripped of color and internal detail, the windows lose their traditional narrative clarity, their curved lines tracing forms now unfamiliar – an ambiguity that carries with it both the freedom of new interpretation and the tension of the undefined. The remnants possess all the feeling of the sacred, without the specificity of any individual ideology.
Friday, August 18, 2017
As part of the NYC Parks Department's celebration 50 Years of Public Art, Hell Gate Cairns will be on view at the waterfront in Riverside Park at 65th Street in Manhattan from August 2017-August 2018. A stacked stone monument whose verticality reflects that of the nearby skyline, the Hell Gate Cairns embody the human impulse to imaginative construction – stacking stones first in play, then as architecture.
Opening Meet & Greet Potluck Picnic
Sunday, October 1
Meet, greet and potluck picnic with Riverside Park South artist, Samantha Holmes, to learn about our newest sculpture on display: Hell Gate Cairns. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack and a soft drink that they would like to enjoy and share.
Monday, July 24, 2017
And If We Should Pass Here is now on view at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN. Created during a summer-long fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and the Jerome Foundation, the transparency of the sculpture subverts the act of partition inherent to the very form of a wall it's modeled on; rather than separating the two sides, it reveals their continuity and highlights the artificiality of these boundaries. Alone within a wide field, the wall segment neither protects nor divides, but simply disrupts the visitor’s passage, forcing him to change paths and calling attention to the arbitrary nature of such divisions.
If you're in the midwest, please consider coming out for the opening event this September:
Art & Artists' Weekend
September 23, 11am - 6pm
My most sincere gratitude to the team at Franconia Sculpture Park and to the Jerome Foundation for making this possible.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I am pleased to announce that Geometric Application XI will be included in Disarming Geometries, an upcoming exhibition at Dorsky Gallery that examines geometric abstraction as a tool for confronting the disorder of contemporary life. Taking inspiration from the patterns of nature or religion, mathematics or the imagination, the artists included in this show come at geometry from a myriad of perspectives to offer a wide-ranging view of abstraction today.
Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
Long Island City, Queens, NY
January 15 – March 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2-5 pm
Featuring the work of Hannes Bend, Glenn Fischer, Shanti Grumbine, Nicholas Hamilton, Samantha Holmes, Maria Hupfield, Tatiana Istomina, Glendalys Medina, Mitch Paster, Armita Raafat, Martyna Szczesna, Ryan Turley, and Christine Wong Yap.
Trestle Projects Residency
Sunday, January 01, 2017
2017 brings a change of scene, as I prepare to move my studio from Mott Haven in the South Bronx to Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the Trestle Projects Studio Residency. Hosted by Brooklyn Art Space, the six-month residency will see the development of a new, three-dimensional body of work that takes my recent explorations in geometric abstraction off the wall and into the center of the gallery floor. Stay tuned for more developments, or contact me to visit the new studio.
Trestle Projects Studio Residency
Brooklyn Art Space
Thursday, December 15, 2016
If you're in Miami this week, come out to Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, where Geometric Application IX and Novena are on display with New York's JHB Gallery.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This August, I'll be focusing on studio work at an artist's residency with the Marble House Project in Dorset, Vermont. The residency brings together atrists, composers, dancers, and writers to work alongside one another, developing new work on the property of an old stone quarry. Looking forward to developing new work around the psychological and physical power of borders.
Marble House Project
August 8-30, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Pleased to be selected for inclusion in Jamaica FLUX 2016, a contemporary public art project in which visual and performance art are displayed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue in Queens, NY. The locations—banks, stores, restaurants, street corners, phone booths, parks, and other public spaces—are as diverse as the art. JCAL’s presentation of Jamaica Flux challenges traditional assumptions about where art should be displayed and explores the relationship between art, commerce, urban renewal, and community.
Jamaica Flux 2016 is supported, in part, by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Jamaica FLUX 2016
Curated by Heng-Gil Han
Jamaica Center for the Arts
Jamaica, Queens, NY
April 16 -June 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2-8pm.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Proud to have been part of the Palazzo Fortuny's PROPORTIO exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale, now named Exhibition of the Year by London's Leading Cultural Destinations. Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, the exhibition brought together contemporary artists, 20th century masterpieces, Old Master paintings, archaeological artifacts, as well as architectural models and a large library of historical books on proportions to examine the role that proportion plays in our lives and the complex universe in which we live. By examining wide-ranging and diverse representations found in art, nature, physics, economics, history, science, music, medicine, and many other subjects, the study of proportion uncovers the natural patterns that are used to create everything in the material world.
Artists included Marina Abramovic, Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Sandro Botticelli, Antonio Canova, Alberto Giacometti, Ando Gilardi, Antony Gormley, Samantha Holmes, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Wolfgang Laib, Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Giorgio Morandi, Louise Nevelson, Robert Ryman, Tomás Saraceno, Antoni Tàpies, Gunther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Bill Viola, Rachel Whiteread, and others.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Please come out to the opening of FLOW.16, the annual exhibition of public artwork on Randall's Island Park in New York, featuring my latest sculpture, Hell Gate Cairns, at the southernmost tip of the island. The work takes on the form of a series of stacked stone monuments, or cairns, that reference the boulders that line the Island's many pathways, remnants of early American earth-moving projects that cleared the city's waterways, facilitating its development and resulting in the city we know today: the skyline that rises up behind the sculpture.
Covered entirely in stone mosaic with inserts of glass and gold, Hell Gate Cairns was commissioned by the The Randall's Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.
The exhibition also includes fantastic new work by Tim Clifford, Tracie Hervy, and Denise Treizman.
May - November, 2016
Opening Reception: May 14, 2017, 10am-2pm.
Solo Exhibition: The Space Between at the Sharjah Art Museum
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
I am pleased to annouce my new solo exhibition, "The Space Between", to be held at the Sharjah Museum of Contemporary Art in the United Arab Emirates this December.
The show, held in conjunction with the 2015-2016 Islamic Arts Festival, will feature ten new works from the series "Geometric Applications", exploring the impact of distortion and accident on specific patterns shared by medieval Islamic mosaics and contemporary physics.
The Space Between
Sharjah Art Museum
Dec 16, 2015 - Jan 16, 2016
Exhibition Opening Dec 16, 2015, 10am
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Now is the final week of PROPORTIO at the Palazzo Fortuny, organized by Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. It's also the last time to see my 2014 work "Aperiodic Asymmetry" before it moves into its new home in the Vervoordt Collection.
Curated by Daniela Ferretti and Axel Vervoordt, the exhibition examines the role that proportion plays in our lives and the complex universe in which we live, with works by artists including Marina Abramovic, Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Sandro Botticelli, Antonio Canova, Alberto Giacometti, Ando Gilardi, Antony Gormley, Samantha Holmes, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Wolfgang Laib, Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Giorgio Morandi, Louise Nevelson, Robert Ryman, Tomás Saraceno, Antoni Tàpies, Gunther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Bill Viola, Rachel Whiteread, and many others. Very honored to be included among them.
The exhibition will run through November 22, 2015.
Friday, January 15, 2016
My proposal for a sculptural mosaic, entitled Hell Gate Cairns, has been selected for inclusion on New York's Randall's Island next summer as part of the annual public art exhibition FLOW.16. The exhibition, organized by The Randall's Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event, is aimed at fostering appreciation of the city's shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the park’s island environment.
New York, NY, USA
May - November 2016
1 / 1