christopher west presents is delighted to announce Fear of Flying, a three-person exhibition featuring the work of New York-based Josh Azzarella, Indianapolis-based Stacey M. Holloway, and Los Angeles-based Euan Macdonald. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 18, from 5 until 8 p.m.
For the first-ever group exhibition at the gallery, Fear of Flying brings together three artists from different parts of the country and at different stages in their careers. In his seminal video piece, “Two Planes,” filmed in 1998, Macdonald digitally superimposed a duplicate image of a flying plane that shadows the original, which lends the work a haunting significance. This video elucidates his knack for finding evocative content in ordinary subject matter. Through the manipulation of historical imagery, Azzarella creates stills and videos that radically alter the contexts and meanings of images ingrained in the public conscience. In “Untitled #9 (W.T.P.1),” (2006) Azzarella has altered the events of September 11, 2001, frame by frame, causing the viewer to revisit that tragic day and wonder how our world might be different if the planes had missed the Twin Towers. Holloway’s site-specific installations communicate an emotional discomfort within her own life, a disconnect between the physical world she operates in and the internal world she lives in. For her, passenger planes represent fears and anxieties, while scale models convey a child’s perspective.
Euan Macdonald was born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had numerous solo shows in international museums and galleries including Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; Kunstbunker Kinstverein, Nuremberg; as well as major group shows, Treble, 2004, Sculpture Center, Queens, NY; Irreducible, 2005, The Wattis Center for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Seville Biennale, 2004; Gimme Shelter, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Fresh, 2000, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and 010101: Art in Technological Times, SF MoMA, 2001.
Josh Azzarella was born in Ohio and currently lives and works in New York City. Solo and group exhibitions include DCKT Contemporary (New York); Mark Moore Gallery (Santa Monica, CA); Vancouver Art Gallery (British Columbia); Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago); Akademie der Künste (Berlin). He was the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Artist Award from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT). His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Stacey M. Holloway was born in South Bend, Indiana and has recently completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in sculpture. Within the program, she received a Graduate School Fellowship, the Katherine E. Nash Studio Art Scholarship, and the Pioneer Scholarship to support her studies. Additionally, Holloway also received a Graduate Research Partnership Fellowship with Professor Wayne E. Potratz to complete Inter-Connections in Art Through Metalcasting, a collaborative project between the Interact Center and the University of Minnesota's Department of Art foundry.