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Holly Sumner

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

AR3, 2006
Pencil and gouache on paper
45” x 56”
Courtesy of the artist 

Holly Sumner’s work explores the ways in which scientific information is observed and recorded. Her drawings and paintings often combine informational diagrams and graphs with more fanciful depictions of plant and animal life. This imagery is sourced from scientific studies, as well as old guidebooks and textbooks, whose yellowed pages are an inspiration for her color palette. The two drawings on view are part of a series of drawings depicting radiolaria, a kind of zooplankton that is found across the ocean. In these drawings, the microorganisms take on the appearance of armored figures, a result of the artist’s time spent studying samurai armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These figures are overlaid onto colored squares and lines that echo the appearance of scientific flow charts and diagrams. Relating to Bashford Dean’s own studies, these works draw a connection between natural forms and those seen in pieces of armor.

Sumner divides her time between New York and Denver. Her work has been included in numerous exhibits in both cities, including those at Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; ArtNow, New York, NY; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and Exit Art, New York, NY. Sumner received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

AR4, 2006
Pencil and gouache on paper
45” x 56”
Courtesy of the artist 

AR3, 2006
Pencil and gouache on paper
45” x 56”
Courtesy of the artist 

AR4, 2006
Pencil and gouache on paper
45” x 56”
Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Ken Goebel 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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