I am an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on project-based, research-oriented sculptures, archives, and installations. My interests lie in how humans perceive science, the natural world, and the cosmos. The art forms that manifest from these interests vary greatly depending on the project—past works have included commercial vinyl banners of NASA image archives; molded chemical reactions of salt, sugar, and starch arranged in geologic patterns and subject to entropy; projections on interiors recreating pop-cultural narratives; architectural models freezing ephemeral moments of sky-light; a photographic archive of artificial nighttime in cinema; etc. All of these artworks seek to pose questions about human agency during the Anthropocene, specifically why we have a romantic desire to control our natural environments. The relevancy of these works lies in the fact that in contemporary life, we have removed ourselves so dramatically from our Earthly environments, embarking instead on projects of man-made physical and virtual worlds. My work presents human perceptions (truthful or not) about our control over the cosmos. How do we assert humanity onto the non-human? How do we dominate even the moon and the stars?
Holly Veselka (b. 1981, Houston, TX) is a multidisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, and archives about perception and the natural world. Holly has exhibited her work in New York, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Massachusetts, California, and Germany and has received recognitions including Creative Capital’s 2016 On Our Radar and a 2015 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant. She has participated in residencies at the Lower East Side Studio Program, New York, NY; Otis College, Los Angeles, CA; PICTURE BERLIN, Berlin, Germany, and ACRE, Steuben, WI. Holly is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the School of Art and Design. She moved back to Texas from New York in late 2016.
MFA, Boston University, Boston, MA
BFA, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Selected Solo, Two, and Three-Person Exhibitions
2018 Nighttime for Strangers, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (three person))
2018 Ancient Sunlight, Hello Studio, San Antonio, TX (solo)
2015 The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space, Wave Hill, The Bronx, NY (solo)
2014 Rogue Planets, Mars Recruitment Center, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
2013 Contemplation Center, site-specific project for DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY (solo project)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Get Well Soon, The Southern, Charleston, SC
2017 Non Atomic, 215 Orleans Project Space, Beaumont, TX
2017 Lift: An Exhibition of Kites, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2017 Call and Response, Wave Hill, the Bronx, NY
2017 Gross Frictions, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
2017 Dêrive, Tête, Berlin, Germany
2017 Art City Fair, Hello Studios, Austin, TX
2016 And Introducing…, The University Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2015 To: Pluto, SedimentARTS, Richmond, VA
2015 How the sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, NY
2015 Closed Circuit, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY
2014 The Last Brucennial, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
2014 Sequence and Seriality, Calico, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Comet Contemplation Center, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Great Expectations, Pop-Up Project, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Getting Closer, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Assistance League of Houston Celebrate Texas Art, Williams Tower, Houston, TX
Selected Awards and Residencies
2018 ACRE Artist Residency
2017 Picture Berlin Summer Residency
2017 Otis College of Art and Design Summer Residency
2016 Creative Capital On Our Radar
2015 LES Studio Program, a program of Artists Alliance Inc.
2015 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant
“Art Takes Flight with Lift at Artpace.” Dann, Cassandra. CO|LAB Magazine. Sept. 23, 2017.
“Call and Response at Wave Hill, through December 3, 2017.” Arts Summary: A Visual Journal. Sept 15, 2017.
“Art in the City Presents a Curated View of Art City Austin.” Blackard, Colleen. HiConcept Magazine: Creativity in Reality. 2017.
Call & Response: Marking 10 Years of Sunroom Projects with New Works by Alumni Artists, September 10–Dec 3, 2017, published by Wave Hill, the Bronx, NY, with essays by Jennifer McGregor and Gabriel de Guzman.
Groth, Michael. “New Directions at Greenpoint Gallery Night.” Hyperallergic. February 10, 2014.
“DUMBO Arts Festival Kicks Off in Brooklyn.” NY1 News. September 27, 2013.
Cook, Greg. “MFA ART 2009.” The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research. April 28, 2009.