Hadley Holliday Wows With Striking Abstractions
Hadley Holliday is an L.A.-based artist rapidly gaining popularity for creating stunning abstract paintings using an organic process that invites imperfections, surprises and play. The CalArts-trained artist debuted her latest series of acrylic paintings, "Warp and Weft," at Taylor de Cordoba in late February of this year, and the exhibition was sensational.
Defined by Holliday herself as "...a hard-edged geometric structure with a fluid process" each painting in the series slightly resembles a kaleidoscope, only less precise and exponentially more interesting. Each piece appears to take on a life of its own, and onlookers can expect to be drawn in by the skillfully flawed patterns of these perplexing and captivating works of art.
"For this new body of work I've used a pattern of interlocking circles to create an arched, expansive space. The circles create the effect of overlapping lenses, with each section in the pattern creating it's own depth of field. The overall effect is simultaneously unified and fractured," says Holliday. "I use paint very fluidly and pour the color into shapes, or work wet on wet. The paintings look very different when they dry, so the results are a bit of a surprise...the work always looks very different outside the studio."
The chance involved in creating each one of these enchanting pieces only adds to the appeal of the entire series. Holliday's latest paintings are complex, involved, and suspiciously serene; an exhibition worth catching and an artist to keep an eye on.
Images by Jennifer Parry Dodge