Dale Holmes: Welcome to Map Making Guild of Drystone Walling One-Eyed Giants
l 21 (6–9pm)
Weekend: April 22–23 (12-4pm).
Painted banners dangling from sticks tell of a tennis star monk who invents the fila logo while drawing a map of the world and a group of one-eyed giants that regularly meet to build drystone walls form a guild. Hell Scape Goat Hill gets a harrowing by a saviour wearing tennis shoes, tooth paste socks, and a pair of short shorts. A dog wearing a goat runs by and a saint presents Cookie Monster’s googley eyes on a silver platter. Meanwhile in 4th Century Saxony, Cynocephalic. Scholastic Monks invent sausages and in Lincoln, nearly a thousand years later a body is interned in a hessian sack while asking the question: “Are there real worms in Hell?”
Welcome to Map Making Guild of Drystone Walling One-Eyed Giants is an exhibition of new wall hangings by painter Dale Holmes. They tell stories of process and procession, representations and the recovery of pictures from the past for use in the present. Painted using loose acrylic paint on barely primed, unstretched canvas, these are then cut and sewn together; tabs made from a range of salvaged textiles are sewn on and these are then dangled from sticks of wood, metal bars, Perspex rods, telescopic decorators poles or any other length of material to hand.
Besides references to banners, guilds, monks, saints and the squirming body, the work draws on the artist’s research into comic medievalism, folklore, lychen, and drystone walls. These dispersed interests have been brought together in the artist’s studio through practices of painting, drawing, sewing, and construction. This has produced a group of imaginary banners that suggest pub signs, craft guilds, mass celebration, and protest.
Dale Holmes is a picture-painter (a painter invested in narrative) from Barnsley. His work is exhibited internationally both under his own name and as part of the collective TOTALLER. He has recently presented work with Kunstverein, Nuremburg (2023), Huddersfield Art Gallery, Provinz Editions, Nuremburg (2021) and Sabine Knust, Munich (2020); Xian Academy of Fine arts, (China 219); Xero, Kline and Coma, London (2019). Short experimental fictions are published by Bookworks, London, and have been broadcast by Resonance FM (both 2021). He is a senior lecturer of contemporary art teaching and researching studio-based methodologies and practical philosophies of painting.
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