Kyle Holland ~ Pennsylvania

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Artist Statement: " Both the history of my relationship with my father and my experience growing up in the South have led me to believe that I must possess a certain set of qualities to be considered a man in the context of masculine subculture. It seems that a man should be risk-taking and effortlessly exhibit strength, pride, confidence, and superiority.

"I believe that embodying these characteristics is not only a requisite for living among other men without judgment, but this would also mean that it would be socially acceptable for me to engage in activities that males bond over, such as shooting guns and hunting deer. However, both my behavior and physical appearance prevent me from blending in among the conventional man. I feel that I am looked upon with disdain by other men, especially in the South, who disallow my individuality while simultaneously rejecting my efforts to fit in, rendering my attempt to attain “manliness” as socially forbidden. By referencing the masculine recreation of hunting, I am able to express my feelings of inadequacy towards the Southern male archetype and my desire to be regarded favorably by other men.

"In much of my work, I appropriate images of armatures used in taxidermy from catalogues. Through 'collaging' these images that have the appearance of vulnerable, skinless deer within the woods, I am depicting my journey through my psychological landscape. The feeling of being looked down on by other men is embodied by the vultures that loom and overshadow the deer. To persevere and complete this journey is to be reborn as a man."

   
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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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