The Golden Bough: Katie Holten

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Katie Holten combines drawing, sculpture and text for her Golden Bough installation sited in gallery 8 at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. This new work continues her exploration and ongoing interest in organic processes and in the relationship between drawing and object.

At the root of Katie Holten’s practice is a curiosity with life’s systems. Examining the meaning of ‘environment’ and the significance of place, her work is an ongoing investigation of the inextricable relationship between man and the natural world. She has previously collaborated with historians, geophysicists, musicians, botanists, ecologists, teachers, and architects, on projects as diverse as creating a temporary outdoor museum along a street in New York City or revealing the affects of climate change on weeds.

Holten often works in black and white but for this project she will incorporate the ‘average’ colour of the universe as determined by astronomers at the John Hopkins University, Baltimore; - both the ‘correct’ and the ‘incorrect’ versions.

In December 2009 she participated in Tipping Point at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York as she continues collaborating with Klaus Lackner (Geophysicist and Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Earth Institute, at Columbia) - the results of which are also included in her installation for The Golden Bough.

This exhibition is Katie Holten’s first solo show in Ireland since 2002.

Katie Holten, born in Dublin in 1975, currently has a public art project in the Bronx, NY (2009). She has had solo museum exhibitions at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2009), Nevada Museum of Art (2008), Villa Merkel, Esslingen (2008) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007). Holten represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Her work has been included in many international group exhibitions including Subversive Spaces, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2009); Fri Porto, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2009); Compilation IV, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2009); Dome Colony, X-Initiative, New York (2009); Green Platform, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence (2009); IMPLANT, UBS Art Gallery, New York (2008); Re-trait, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (2007); Soft Sites, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2006); Eigenheim, Goettingen Kunstverein, Germany (2006).