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Nancy Holt, Concrete Poem

Nancy Holt, Concrete Poem (1968), composite inkjet print on archival rag paper taken from original 126 format black and white negatives, printed 2012 [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 19-Jun 16] Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison, London

Nancy Holt: Selected Photo and Film Works

Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Apr 19-Jun 16, 2013

Nancy Holt is an American pioneer of site-specific art as well as film and video, and one of the foremost international Land Art artists. Holt employs the natural environment as both medium and subject in pieces that address themes of memory, perception, time and space.

With a focus on the cyclical nature of the universe, the daily rotation of planet earth and its annual orbit around the sun, Holt conceived her earthworks as “seeing devices” for tracking the position of the sun, stars and the earth. The exhibition at CAG includes major photographic works, including early Concrete Visions (1967) and Trail Markers (1969); a series of photographs entitled Light and Shadow Photo-Drawings (1978); and photographs by Holt of her most famous large-scale environmental sculptural work, Sun Tunnels (1973-76).

Holt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1938 and currently lives and works in New Mexico. She married fellow environmental artist Robert Smithson, best known for engineering Spiral Jetty (1970) in Great Salt Lake, Utah. Among many other honours, she has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York Creative Artist Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

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Mia Johnson


Nancy Holt, California Sun Signs

Nancy Holt, California Sun Signs (1972), 20 inkjet prints on archival rag paper, printed in 2012 from original 126 format transparencies [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 19-Jun 16] Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison, London


Nancy Holt, Trail Markers

Nancy Holt, Trail Markers (1969), 20 inkjet prints on archival rag paper, printed in 2012 from original 126 format transparencies [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 19-Jun 16] Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison, London


Nancy Holt, Light and Shadow Photo-Drawings

Nancy Holt, Light and Shadow Photo-Drawings (1978), series of inkjet prints on archival rag paper, printed in 2012 from original 35mm black and white negatives [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 19-Jun 16] Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison, London


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