Joey Holder

Joey Holder lives and works in Nottingham and London. She graduated with a BA from Kingston University in 2002 and an MFA from Goldsmiths in 2010. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Ophiux – currently showing at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge – and ‘Lament of Ur‘ at Karst in Plymouth (w/ Viktor Timofeev). Recent group exhibitions include ‘WINTER IS COMING (Homage to the future)‘, (part of Curated by Vienna curated by Georg Kargl),(2016); ‘Deep Inside’ (Russian Biennale) 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Main Project) and Deptford X, St. Nicholas Church, Deptford, London (2016). Joey’s work was featured in ‘Sunscreen‘, online and at Venice Biennale (2015) which formed part of EM15.

 

Feldspar [Hadal Zone] Vinyl floor print 2015, dimensions variable (installed at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge) www.joeyholder.com/the-uncanny-valley

Describe your practice for us

I am interested in the structures and hierarchies of the technological and natural world and how these systems are constantly abstracted. Mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history against computer program interfaces, screen savers and measuring devices, I see no object or substance in any fixed state or with any permanent definition, identity or order; everything is transforming and morphing into something else; everything is a mutant and a hybrid.

Connecting forms which have emerged through our human taste, culture and industrial processes I investigate complex systems that dissolve notions of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’. GM products, virtual biology and aquatic creatures are incorporated into an extended web; challenging our perception of evolution, adaptation and change.

 

P R O T E U S Digital print, projection/flatscreen, video: 12min : 03sec 2015, dimensions variable (installed at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge & Podium, Oslo) www.joeyholder.com/p-r-o-t-e-u-s

How long have you been practising?

I have been producing exhibitions since 2002.

 

Ophiux Film still 2016, dimensions variable (at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge)

What is the most interesting/inspiring thing you have seen/been to over the last month, and why?

I recently watched the film/documentary ‘Into Eternity’ directed by Danish director Michael Madsen. It follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. The film questions Onkalo’s intended eternal existence, addressing an audience in the remote future. The film was extremely powerful as it made me think about how short our human history is in comparison to the history of the world, but how this generation of humans have unleashed nuclear technologies which will have a massive effect long after we have gone.

 

Lament of Ur Digital prints, spotlights 2015, dimensions variable (installed at Karst, Plymouth) www.lamentofur.net

Which other artists’s work do you admire, and why?

Too many to name, but Iain Ball, Kari Altmann and Katja Novitskova have been very influential over the past 4 years. Their work and its presentation deals with our entanglement with technology, nature, branding and networks which are broad, complex themes that I am also tackling.

 

TETRAGRAMMATON Digital prints, spotlights, rubber snake, hookah pipes, sand, spell 2016, dimensions variable (installed at LD50 gallery, London) www.joeyholder.com/tetragrammaton photo: Damian Griffiths

Where can people see your work?

I have a solo show, ‘Ophiux‘, at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge, which continues until 20 November 2016 and my work is featured in ‘A Retreat in Time‘ on Big Screen Southend, commissioned by Focal Point Gallery until 8 Jan 2017. My work can also be seen on my website.

 

Hear Joey talk about her work.

 

Joey was interviewed in November 2016.

 

Images:

Feldspar [Hadal Zone]
Vinyl floor print
2015, dimensions variable
(installed at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge)
www.joeyholder.com/the-uncanny-valley

P R O T E U S
Digital print, projection/flatscreen, video: 12min : 03sec
2015, dimensions variable
(installed at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge & Podium, Oslo)
www.joeyholder.com/p-r-o-t-e-u-s

Ophiux
Film still
2016, dimensions variable
(at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge)

Lament of Ur
Digital prints, spotlights
2015, dimensions variable
(installed at Karst, Plymouth)
www.lamentofur.net

TETRAGRAMMATON
Digital prints, spotlights, rubber snake, hookah pipes, sand, spell
2016, dimensions variable
(installed at LD50 gallery, London)
www.joeyholder.com/tetragrammaton
photo: Damian Griffiths