Hadley Holliday

All the Flowers
April 1 - May 6, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3-6 PM


ACME. is pleased to present "All the Flowers", a solo exhibition of recent cyanotype works by Los Angeles based artist Hadley Holliday.

Over the past year Holliday has been drawing all the flowers from every art object on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The drawings travel across times and cultures, exploring the deeply human urge both to decorate and to symbolize complex emotions through simple forms. The project started from her work as a Teaching Artist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she led many drawing classes in the museum's galleries. Holliday began to notice that not only are flowers the most frequent motif throughout the history of art; floral imagery has been used to represent every aspect of human emotion and experience – from passion to loss, wealth to mortality, transcendence, rebirth, femininity, clan affiliation, natural order, paradise, transformation, longing, etc.

Back in her studio, Holliday then uses the drawings to generate a series of cyanotype paintings - solar photograms using local natural materials such as sand and plant debris to work photographic images and textures into the shapes of the flowers. While Holliday is using it as a painting medium, Cyanotype is one of the oldest forms of photography. The blue tones are made by exposing a light sensitive solution to the sun, followed by developing and fixing the image with water. The process is very spontaneous – many variables affect the outcome including the time of year, weather, humidity and wind. By giving part of the process over to nature, Holliday's paintings continue the dialogue between what is an image of nature from art, what is an actual object from nature, and what effects were created by natural forces.

Hadley Holliday (b. Kansas City, MO) received her BFA from the University of Kansas and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include ACME., Los Angeles, CA; Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; among others.