September 9 – November 5, 2006
Christian Holstad’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition featuring a new large-scale installation combining drawings, soft sculptures and a transformed jukebox, to convey the transitory nature of reality, the exhibition Christian Holstad: The Terms of Endearment will be on view in the museum’s annex, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.
Christian Holstad’s works transform everyday materials and recognizable objects to reflect themes of love, loss and nostalgia. In this new exhibition, life-size sculptures of donkeys, inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of nativity scenes, are fabricated from the recycled wool of men’s suits and chicken wire. The creatures surround a working jukebox covered in shredded yellow wool made from old sweaters, and plays melancholy ballads by iconic female singers. The donkeys, portrayed in various stages of decay portray the artist’s belief that all creatures are locked in an eternal cycle of growth and dissolution.
Christian Holstad: The Terms of Endearment is curated by MOCA Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Millennium Partners – Four Seasons Hotels and Tower, Miami with additional support fro the proceeds for the MOCA Shaker fundraising event Mystery Dates.