Evan Holloway (b. 1967, Whittier, California) has been a quietly influential artist, particularly in Los Angeles, since the late 1990s. His “Analog Counterrevolution,” a manifesto-like term he coined two decades ago, insists upon the physical experience of the object in real space as the site for meaning in an artwork. Primarily a sculptor, Holloway engages the challenges and limitations of object-making as an opportunity to synthesize compositional and conceptual rigor, physical engagement, and intuition. His artworks retain a democratic openness and accessibility even as they experiment with forms and concepts from various aesthetic and esoteric histories. Driven by such interests, the resulting work can take markedly different forms, as the “style” of the work is determined by factors extending beyond the strictly visual. The sensitivity to the ephemeral moments of the in-real-life experience of artworks that defined many of his early, performative projects continues to find a home in more recent objects; wall-reliefs, drawings, and even monumental outdoor sculptures. Holloway locates such dialectics and their metaphorical ramifications both in the formal languages of recent art—which links his work to the abstract ethos of modernism—and in the objects, images, and ideas he observes in the contemporary world.
Evan Holloway has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including The Sculpture Park, Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, India (2017); Los Angeles - a fiction, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017) and Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2016); Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA, The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles (2016); Lightness of Being, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, New York (2013); All of this and nothing, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); 2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2008); The Uncertainty of Objects & Ideas, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2006); and Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Palm Springs Art Museum, California; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Holloway lives and works in Los Angeles.