Holton Rower: Cutaways

In an increasingly politicised artworld, the artist's own brand of abstraction feels like welcome escapism

By Lindsay Preston Zappas

Indisputable Authority Reference, 2016, paint on particle board, 191 × 71 × 121 cm. Photo: Lazaros. Courtesy the artist and Venus LA, Los Angeles Cutaways, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Lazaros. Courtesy the artist and Venus LA, Los Angeles

Venus LA, Los Angeles, 14 January – 24 February 2017 On election night in the US, after I watched one too many states go red, a friend dragged me to a karaoke bar, where I met with other confused liberals trying to delay the inevitable, at least for just one more Weezer song. What is the role of escapism in a time of political anxiety? Holton Rower’s exhibition Cutaways may just have an answer. Rower’s frenetic sculptures seem at first…

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