Stop the Sizzable, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Make Invisible Visible, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Yr inside the indescribbible Dirigible, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Your Name on it, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Quick! Before the cloud gets Hungry, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Crisis Chrysanthemum, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
Smells like an Idea, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
 
 
 
the Unfathomable No Rehearsal, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Visualize the Invisible Drawing, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Are you talking w/ yr Thumbs It’s the All-New talking Drums, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Zone Space Bone Space, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Nu? Wind Igloo, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Name the Names Yr almost There, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Name the Place A piece of Air, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
a Plate of Improbability ja ja ja, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
impunity unity, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The Vocabulary of Possibility, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Break the Code Break the Mold Growing young yr born old, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The opposite of what it is Is exactly what it is, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Not even the athletes know the score, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Sure Utopia Exists It’s all you can see, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The Invisible Made Visible, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
A Monument of Silence, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
her’s yr dream back Go dream it yrself, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The City That Makes itself Up is Vanished, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Leave your shoes at the door, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Leave your socks on the Floor, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Leave your Feet by the Moat, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Leave your Legs on the Boat, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Drop your Skin in the Bin, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Ease your Face into Place2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Where the Beginning Begins, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The Complete Revolution is Eternity’s Spin, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Dream it with Invisible Eyes, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Paint it on the Walls of the Lost & Found, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Go live it It’s tomorrow It’s a mess, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The only possible Answer is Yes, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Remember the Last Time you first made Love, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Enter through the sky, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
invisible music will set you free, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Dance to the Music you can See, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
The Minimum Wage is all the Rage, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
A Maximum Wage, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Take A New Page, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Make a case For the end Of race, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
A Photo of opportunity tacked over your bed, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Refugee Integrity, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Moonlight Dandelion, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
Go live it It’s tomorrow It’s a mess, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 
the only possible Answer is Yes, 2017, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 32 x 16 inches
 

BOB HOLMAN AND ARCHIE RAND

Invisible City

September 9 – October 8, 2017

Bob Holman and Archie Rand

Invisible City

 

September 9th – October 8th, 2017

Opening reception Saturday, September 9th, 7pm - 9pm

 

Freight+Volume is pleased to present Invisible City, a collaborative body of work by poet Bob Holman and artist Archie Rand. Consisting of 50 canvases inscribed with lines from Holman's eponymous poem, the project defies the typical binary relationship of illustration and text, instead adopting a radical dynamic of unpredictability and suggestion.

 

A self-described “call to action” and “hip-hoppy utopic jaunt through a mash-up of physical and metaphysical landscapes,” Holman's poem was the origin point of the collaboration, a sort of narrative nexus that engages and activates Rand's canvases. Originally composed for the New Museum's 2015 IDEAS CITY community initiative, the poem was cut-up and reformulated during the process of collaboration, with the disembodied fragments of text then paired with Rand's canvases.

 

The integration of text and image is of critical importance, opening up a third space alongside the visual and narrative, and Rand stresses that without the text of the poem, “the image would simply be a nice painting but without any tether to further meditative capabilities - which is just what we were trying to avoid.” This sort of inter-medium collusion comes naturally to both Holman and Rand. The former speaks of his penchant for ekphrasis, or the notion of art inspired by other art, manifested in his collections of poems related to Matisse's cut-outs and Chuck Close's daguerreotypes, while the latter has engaged with religious scripture throughout his career, highlighted in his murals for the B'nai Yosef synagogue and his “613” project, for which he created a painting for each Jewish commandment.

 

Rand’s unique visual style melds a graphic directness resembling that of pulp comics or graphic novels with a painterly, expressive sensibility; underscored by a vivid technicolor palette, the grotesque subjects of his canvases take on a whimsical character, caught between everyday human depravity and a surreal, dream-like realm. A “crazy quilt world of monsters and demons inspired by Mexican telenovellas and other sources,” these scenes often conflict with the self-identified idealism of Holman's poetry, with each chunk of the poem often forming a jarring, enigmatic juxtaposition with its corresponding illustration. Lines such as “dance to the music you can see” and “enter through the sky” bear depictions of a vampire attacking a woman and fellatio, respectively, and a painting of a man chained by his wrists to a wall is given the almost mocking epithet “not even athletes know the score.” Spurning logic and passive observation, Invisible City simultaneously mystifies and provokes the viewer to form their own understanding of the relationship between image and text.

 

Bob Holman is the author of 16 poetry collections including The Cutouts, Matisse (PeKa Boo), Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House), and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close (Aperture).  He has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman previously was a director at the Nuyorican Poets Café and St. Marks Poetry Project. He is co-founder of the Endangered Language Alliance, and hosted the award-winning PBS documentary "Language Matters." A Ford Foundation grantee in 2015 and Minister of Poetry and Language Preservation at the United States Department of Arts and Culture (not a government agency), Holman lives on the Bowery. Most recently he served as creative consultant for LINES Ballet Company in San Francisco on a ballet based on endangered languages.  He will teach at Princeton in Fall 2017.

 

Archie Rand received a BFA in cinegraphics from Pratt Institute, having studied previously at the Art Students League of New York. His first exhibition was in 1968, at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. He has since had over 100 solo exhibitions, and his work has been included in over 200 group exhibitions. Rand's work as a painter, muralist and graphic artist is held in many public collections among which are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Bibliothèque Nationale de France, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Public Library. His illustrated books are in the libraries of over 400 institutions including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, and Johns Hopkins Universities. Formerly the Chair of the Visual Arts Program at Columbia University he is currently The Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College.

 

Please join us for the opening reception with the artists on Saturday, September 9th from 7 to 9pm. Refreshments will be served. A full-color, limited edition catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be available for sale. For further information, please contact nick@freightandvolume.com, or call 212.691.7700.