Fred Holland’s drawings, prints and sculpture transform discarded materials into meditations on healing, superstition and protection. His work references black folk art and uses repetitive, labor-intensive arts to create visual affirmations of black history and identity. Embodied Construct includes a series of prints made from onions and medicinal herbs, thousands of black-eyed peas assembled in a wall drawing, and a floor-to-ceiling column of copper pennies.
New York, NY
Fred Holland has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, with solo shows at Tilton Gallery in New York. He has received extensive support for his visual and performance-based work from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. Holland has participated in artist residencies at Art Omi, the Newark Museum, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Vermont Studio Center and Cite des Arts in Paris. His exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America, among other international art publications.
Fred Holland passed away in 2016.