Visual Arts

Frieze Project : Leila Holtsman

Solo Show in the Mezz Gallery

June 21 - August 6
Mezz Gallery

Thursday, June 23: Opening Reception / 5:30 - 7:30pm / Mezz Gallery

Tuesday, July 19 : Critiques and Collaborative Art Studio Environments
 7pm / Education Lab

A talk about Leila Holtsman's creative process with Margaret Boozer, Director of Red Dirt Studio.

Leila Holtsman's 100-foot long “Frieze” evokes the displacement and change that occurs over a lifetime. Originally inspired by the Temple of Dendur in New York’s Metropolitan Museum, she built twelve eight-foot-long panels to tell the story of the temple’s odyssey from Egypt to New York and to wonder at its lost rituals and function. By printing layers of images and layering color onto steel, she experiences how the change of context fades memories and ultimately how time changes an object’s function or a person’s purpose in life.

Leila Holtsman transfers and screen-prints found imagery and objects onto steel panels. An art residency at a Denver-based metal recycling scrap yard sparked her interest -- her work is based on repetition and subtle textures she finds in natural forms. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia and attended graduate level ceramic courses at Hood College in Maryland. Born in Washington DC, she spent ten years of her early life in the deserts of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which inspire her interest in natural forms and earthen palettes to this day.

Margaret Boozer received a BFA in sculpture from Auburn University and an MFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is included in the collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Wilson Building Public Art collection and in many private collections. Boozer taught for ten years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design before founding Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD where she directs a ceramics and sculpture seminar. Recent projects include commissioned installations at Grapeseed restaurant (Bethesda, MD), and The Metropole condominium lobby (Washington, DC), and writing a chapter on her work as soil-centric art for U. S. Geologic Survey’s book, Soil and Culture. Recent exhibitions include Margaret Boozer: Dirt Drawings at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Image:  Frieze Detail

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