Holton Rower
Too Many Ideas

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Holton Rower

Too Many Ideas

April 11th – May 4th, 2014

OPENING: Friday, April 11th from 6-9PM

The Hole is proud to present the third solo exhibition at the gallery by Holton Rower that is unlike anything you have seen him do before. Too Many Ideas looks like a group show by one person: the artist will exhibit a panoply of artworks in Gallery 3, none of which are his most “signature” type, all of which will be new to the public.

The exhibition is like a glimpse into the artist’s studio where his hyperactive, creative mind is constantly testing out new strategies and materials. Fighting against the pressure on an artist to develop their “brand” by making works within a narrow and accepted mode, Holton has always pursued many different media and approaches throughout his career regardless of his success in one style or another. This creative life where inspiration comes from all sides and takes so many forms is both celebrated here and encouraged of his audience, as Rower hopes putting himself “out there” so unreservedly will inspire others to take chances in their practice and in the gallery.

Not all of these works “work” in a conventional way. In the sense that most gallery shows include pieces that have been polished, primed and ready for the big time, this exhibition instead contains some works still working themselves out, rough around the edges or transitional.  A masterpiece or not, every piece included shows something interesting about Rower’s practice, including perhaps the way his mind works. Many pieces look like they were produced by serendipity or opened up by chance while making something else. Some works mark the point where Rower reached the terminus of an idea and then came back around in the other direction. There is a sense in some works of triumph, some of futility or frustration, as Rower’s practice is founded on experimentation and lots of looking, thinking, and testing again.