Otis Street Arts Project
Otis Street Arts Project Gallery
Curated by Molly Ruppert
July 8th- August 5th
Saturday July 8th
Saturday August 5th
Florilegia is a collection of past and present works which Matt Hollis has combined and reimagined into a new exhibition at Otis Street Arts Project. For this exhibit, Hollis takes inspiration from the accumulation of artworks built up and layered over the years in his studio at 52 O Street. His studio is an ongoing installation project that will be reinstalled as the foundation of his new show in the Otis Street Gallery.
Hollis believes his botanically-inspired sculptures, wall-pieces, and installations grow on their own, morphing and slowly taking over any space they inhabit, demanding attention and admiration. By layering hundreds of arti cial ower petals, he creates bold oral hieroglyphic symbols or abstract-organic shapes that appear to undulate and spill forth their strange contents.
Presented en masse, Hollis’ work comes alive, immersing the viewer in a fantastical, jungle-like setting where one is not-so-subtly reminded of the awesome power and allure of nature.
Molly Ruppert, the gallerist who gave Hollis many of his rst DC exhibit opportunities, brought this project to the attention of Otis Street Arts Project as fond farewell to the longtime DC resident, as he leaves DC to pursue his MFA at Otis College in California.
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