Thomas Macker’s Holdout in Blouin Art Info 8.4.17

Thomas Macker’s ‘Holdout’ at Klowden Mann

Klowden Mann is hosting an exhibition titled “Holdout” by Thomas Macker at their Washington Boulevard location.

Thomas Macker (b. 1982, Los Angeles) is a multi-media artist living in Wyoming. He received his MFA from California Arts in Photography and Media in 2011, and currently works as the photography department head for the arts and education nonprofit organisation Art Association of Jackson Hole, where he is also a curator for the organization’s gallery. Macker was a 2015 Wyoming Art’s Council fellow, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming, The Beirut Art Center in Beirut, Lebanon, the University of Wyoming Art Museum and a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Contemporary Art Museum. In this body of work, Macker explores camouflage, historical war propaganda and the identity of the “holdout” figure in modern warfare through the use of new media materials and techniques such as flir technology (thermal imaging), autostereograms (magic eye), and light interference pigments (color-changing paint).

The idea of camouflage that alludes to modernist artists like the expressionists, cubists and surrealists is contextualised by Thomas Macker who interrogates the reason to blur landscapes under the influence of technological advancement. The term “holdout” bears a trace of resistance as it refers to the Japanese soldiers who refused to yield in the battlefield inspite of being defeated. Infrared and thermal imaging has been extensively used by the artist in the sculptural works and paintings that add to the complex narrative of violence and resistance.

The exhibition is on view through August 26, 2017 at 6023 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, CA 902321, USA.

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