Robin Holder, United States of Anxiety, Exhibition
February 28 – April 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Tuesday February 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm
Peekskill Extension Center
The works in this show combine hand drawn colored pencil portraits, digital imaging and large format archival inkjet printing. In this work, United States of Anxiety, the house iconography symbolizes our sense of home, shelter, family, and sanctuary. They are portrayed as crooked. Feelings of disquiet, disappointment and sadness are reflected in the faces. Many of us self-identify as culturally, intellectually and socially middle class. The American Dream is now barely attainable. Our societal infrastructure is shifting rapidly; many would say it is decomposing. This work explores a pervasive sense of disappointment, a constant unease. Current circumstances are frustrating, often generated by increased dishonesty, unchecked global warming, a toxic food supply, education inflation, increased racism and prejudice, inadequate health care, minimal retirement resources, and rising housing costs.