Kyle Holland ~ Tennessee

 
   

Substrata
By Kyle Holland
Memphis, Tennessee: Kyle Holland, 2010. Edition of 4.

Two volumes: 3.75 x 7.75" each;
Book I: 14 unnumbered pages. Accordion fold book with valley folds sewn to the mountain folds of a concertina spine. Pressure prints; inkjet prints; letterpress printed text. Unattached cloth boards with small paper print inset into an emboss recess.
Book II: unnumbered 80 pages. Screenprints. Letterpress printed text in Helvetica. Cloth bound boards with exposed sewn binding.

Substrata like many of Holland's books deal with his problematic relationships.

Kyle Holland: "The first book in the two volume edition entitled Substrata not only presents the idea that interaction within a relationship can allay it, but also how transient dormant periods can be. The cracked terrain and the ruggedness of the horizon is relative to the current condition of the relationship. The history of the bond is referred to by the substratum which plateaus when commerce functions more smoothly. The accordion-sewn-to-concertina structure was chosen because of the mountainous quality created by the book when it is opened. The second book in the two volume edition uses fingerprints as a metaphor for an impression that is left on someone after such an experience. The thickness and weight of the book corresponds to the encumbrance one bears from having to live with imperfection."
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Coupled Voices
By Kyle Holland
Memphis, Tennessee: Kyle Holland, 2010. Edition of 5.

Two works in 5.25 x 7.25" four-flap paper folder: Coupled Voices and Emend.

Coupled Voices: 5 x 7"; 7 leaves.
Emend : 6 x 4.5" closed, opens to 12 x 9"; single sheet, French fold.
Incorporates pulp painting, letterpress printing, and watermarks on handmade paper created from cotton linters. Text is Gill Sans printed using polymer plates.

Kyle Holland: "Coupled Voices, the first piece in a suite of two, records the moment when I met my father and the short-lived time thereafter. We are each represented by a piece of string, both of which come together to form knots that correspond to a particular occasion, but I specifically chose to incorporate the fisherman's knot to symbolize my desire for our relationship to become impossible to untie. The iridescent spots in the background are abstracted views of the spots from the coat of a whitetail fawn deer. They represent my timidness when it comes to repairing my dysfunctional relationship with my father."
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Forsaken Substructure
By Kyle Holland
Memphis, Tennessee: Kyle Holland, 2010. Edition of 13.

6.25 x 9.5 x 1.25"; 7 unnumbered and unbound leaves. Incorporates pulp painting, line bleeding, letterpress printing, and watermarks on handmade paper created from cotton linters and sumingashi marbling. The text, 12 pt. Garamond Italic, printed from handset type. Laid in cloth covered clamshell box with colophon on bottom interior.

Many of Holland's books deal with his problematic relationship with his father and with finding his place in the "Southern masculine subculture."

Kyle Holland: "Forsaken Substructure uses cracked terrain, which represents the unstable foundation relationships sometimes begin on, to portray the preclusion of a bond. The topographical mapping is a metaphor for the peak moments shared within a relationship and also references the water that revives the nutrient-lacking, cracked ground. The beginning of a bond and constructive relationship is symbolized by the girder, yet it abruptly ends and causes the situation to reach a point of complete neglect."
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Of the Cloak
By Kyle Holland
Memphis, Tennessee: Kyle Holland, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 5.75" closed. Tunnel book extending from back board. Giclée and watercolor pencil. Bound in cloth over boards.

Kyle Holland: "This book was inspired by the European fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. I adapted the story to my own life by substituting for the red, hooded cloak a blue, hooded bath towel, the only gift my father ever gave me. Instead of the wolf, I chose to use a buck to metaphorically represent my father because of their restless behavior and the manly implications I associate with them. Since I have known my father, we have always been separated physically, but even when we interact and communicate with each other, there seems to be a psychological barrier as well. The format of the tunnel book was chosen because it allowed me to dissociate the viewer from the inside of the book with the first 'page.' By providing only a peephole to look through, this book yields a glimpse into what it is like to have a relationship with my father."
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Unfulfilled Expectations
By Kyle Holland
Memphis, Tennessee: Kyle Holland, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3"; 2 pages. Magic wallet structure. Watercolor pencil. Bound in paper over boards.

Kyle Holland: "In this book, I am depicting the physical limitations of being a boy versus a man. Because of the implications that guns carry, such as strength, fertility, and superiority, the shotgun is used as a metaphor for manliness. The boy’s stance insinuates that lifting the gun is an arduous task but through attempting to lift it, he seeks approval from and to instill pride in his father."

Unfulfilled Expectations can also be viewed as a statement about leaving guns around children.
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