SIRI HOLLANDER, sculpture

December 1, 2017 - January 4, 2018

SIRI HOLLANDER_ sculpture

C O D A  GALLERY PRESENTS
SIRI HOLLANDER • SCULPTURE

DEC 1 - 29, 2017
 

CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of bronze, aluminum, cement and steel sculptures by Siri Hollander running Dec. 1-29, with a Dec. 1 opening reception (5-8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend) attended by the artist from Santa Fe, NM. 

If you dislike guarded conversation and the feeling that time is money, talk to Siri Hollander. Her down-to-earth manner and physicality derive in part from her unconventional childhood. Three years after her birth in New York City in 1959, Siri’s painter father and poet mother moved to Spain’s Andalucía region, where Siri grew up amid an abundance of horses while being home-schooled. She played with clay in her father’s studio while he painted and went horseback riding daily. “I would go to the river and build things out of sticks and mud and whatnot,” she recalls. “When I started, it was a grand mess. Little by little, it got more logical. But it just happened. There wasn’t much thought behind it.” 

More than five decades later, Siri still follows an entirely instinctive approach to art and doesn’t let precise measurements rule her work. “I can guarantee the proportions will not be correct. That’s just the way my eyes see things. It’s so wrong that it’s right,” she says, revealing that she is dyslexic. “Really lifelike pieces are very annoying. They’re overdone,” she asserts. “The looser the lines, the more I like it. If you are trying to ‘bring life’ to something that is not alive, it is just a lot of work in the wrong direction. Whatever comes out is best — and that is often an abstract line.” Indeed, sometimes, the skewed perspectives of shadows that Siri sees while riding horses inspire her to put a smaller head on a frame with elongated limbs. 

When asked what she does by people who don’t know her, she simply says, “I make giant horses. I weld. The pieces mostly involve welding, so I guess I am a welder.” That humble response belies what Siri accomplishes. Her work encompasses a range of animals (including bulls, deer, and wolves), as well as human forms. She describes her work as “contemporary, but semi-abstract; in paintings, it would be Impressionist.” 

Siri begins her sculptures by arc welding recycled steel and likens the process to applying ink on canvas, where “every line counts.” If she adds a cement coating, the framework requires considerable reinforcement. She extends her repertoire with wall pieces that resemble the outlines of her subject. She prefers working in life-size scale, but has made pieces as small as one foot. One of her largest sculptures is a 20-foot stallion installed at Spain’s Malaga Airport when she was just 17 years old. Multiple exhibitions and installations in hotels and public venues in Spain and North America include Windsor Sculpture Park in Windsor, Canada; Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, CA; and 17 life-size horses at New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. 
 

Andaluz Andaluz
Bronze
87 x 63 x 28.5 inches
 
Flamenca Flamenca
Aluminum
104 x 82 x 32 inches
 
Casarabonela Casarabonela
Aluminum
72 x 72 x 36 inches
 
Sed Sed
Aluminum
45 x 44 x 25 inches
 
Estrella Estrella
Aluminum
59 x 53 x 23 inches
 
Cinco Cinco
Aluminum
45.5 x 33 x 21.5 inches
SOLD
 
Pizarva Pizarva
Aluminum
28 x 25 x 10 inches
SOLD
 
Canela Canela
Bronze
11.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
$2,000  
Elegante Elegante
Aluminum
15.25 x 14 x 6 inches
$3,000  
Rojo Rojo
Aluminum
13.5 x 10 x 4 inches
$2,000  
Pepa Pepa
Bronze
11.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches
SOLD
 
Ave Ave
Bronze
11.75 x 10 x 3.5 inches
$2,000  
Peluquera Peluquera
Bronze
16.5 x 15.75 x 6.5 inches
$4,000  
Lobos Lobos
Bronze
20.5 x 20 x 9 inches
$7,500  
Ole Ole
Aluminum
15.5 x 19 x 6.5 inches
$5,000  
Primero Primero
Steel
46 x 38 x 20 inches
$4,500  
Hermanitos Hermanitos
Steel
64 x 90 x 12.5 inches
SOLD
 
Venado II Venado II
Steel
52 x 38 x 24 inches
$4,500  
Venado I Venado I
Steel
64 x 36 x 21 inches
$4,500  
Torito Torito
Steel
57 x 41 x 21 inches
$4,500  
Segundo Segundo
Steel
36 x 29 x 14 inches
$2,500  
ANA ANA
Aluminum
44 x 10 x 8 inches
$4,500  
Nena Nena
Aluminum
34 x 8 x 6 inches
$2,500  
Media Sola Media Sola
Aluminum
29 x 11 x 7 inches
$4,500