Misha Hollenbach’s new body of work VENUS (double spout) consists a series of framed hand painted screen prints entitled DISTANT PLANET and a neon ceramic sculpture on a laminated ‘marble’ stand. These works will form a deeper investigation into his ongoing explorations of the past through archaeological ruins and totemic imagery.
Hollenbach’s practice merges contemporary culture with visionary primitivism. Working across the mediums of installation, sculpture, screen printing and collage, his work is driven by the notions of carnal desire and primal need: a return to the basics and (un)basis of human existence. Gesturing toward the legacy of Dadaism, Hollenbach reconfigures found objects and images to create new meaning through their surreal and often confronting associations.
As one half of the internationally acclaimed fashion and publishing label P.A.M. (Perks and Mini) and member of art/music supergroup THE CHANGES Hollenbach has exhibited nationally and internationally. Highlight solo exhibitions include Holey Hole!, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Do/No/Go Nuts, Family Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011; Pink & Brown, Seems Gallery, NYC, 2010; Forewards, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010; Snap! (with Peter Sutherland), Target Gallery, Tokyo, 2010; Reaggae (with Peter Sutherland), Utrecht Gallery, Tokyo, 2010; Hot Yoghurt, New Image Art Project Room, Los Angeles, 2009; Stool, Black & Blue, Sydney, 2009; and Indispensable Duties, Y3K, Melbourne, 2009. Group exhibitions include Status, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, 2011; Space Invaders, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, 2010; To the road less traveled – wishing you love and happiness and curiosity forever, V1 Gallery, Denmark, 2010; Smoke Bath Slideshow, 208 E., NY, 2010; why freak? mmm’kay, Y3K, Melbourne, 2009; ONESHOT WERKSTETTE, Dronning Olgas, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009; and Batteries Not included, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 2009. Hollenbach’s work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and various collections in Australia and internationally.