In consideration of the historical relationship between painting and architecture, this course grapples with our fraught relationship to the built environment. Employing abstraction as a primary methodology, this course will examine how different spaces are materialized, organized, and made to mean. Mining sites that we encounter online and in the everyday, we will translate the formal elements of the built environment (color, texture, light, physicality, and depth) into the territory of abstract painting. We will conflate arbitrary divisions of public and private by collapsing ideologically oppositional spaces such as the domestic and the civic, the rural and the urban, the feminine and the masculine, in order to undermine the ways in which space is conventionally structured.
Jordan Holms is a Vancouver-born visual artist, writer and curator who lives and works in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2015 and will receive her Dual Degree Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019. Her studio practice consists of abstract painting, fiber-based sculpture and textile work. Holms is represented by Marrow Gallery in San Francisco’s Sunset District and the online gallery Beledor. She has exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom and her work is held in several private collections. Most recently, she has worked with ADIDAS to create an original painting for their San Francisco Market Street storefront. Holms is a former director of SFAI’s Swell Gallery at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and is currently a Teaching Assistant and Public Education Instructor at SFAI.View Gallery »