Christian Holstad: Beautiful Lies You Could Live In
In the project space, Victoria Miro Gallery presents a new installation by New York-based artist Christian Holstad, titled Beautiful Lies You Could Live In. This installation foregrounds a mode of art making Holstad developed and is continually engaged with: clipping images from newspapers and first rubbing areas out, leaving in their place blank, haunting suggestions of forms. To these Holstad adds drawn elements, poetically emphasizing or dramatizing human features both imagined and real. Holstad's technique destabilizes our experience of media imagery, transforming everyday pictures into insightful and highly personal commentaries which are at times somber, at times celebratory. Together with the works on paper is a hand-sewn soft sculpture of two intertwined snakes - a male and a female - decadently dressed, offering a wry statement on the privileged social systems media imagery exploits.