2008-10-15 / Arts & Entertainment News

Mamie Holst exhibit opens Oct. 24 at the Rauschenberg

COURTESY PHOTO Landscape Before Dying (Strange Days #3) Acrylic on canvas, 26" x 13", 2003
With her ongoing series of black, gray, and white paintings titled "Landscape Before Dying," begun in 1997, Mamie Holst explores the inspiring abstract landscape within her experience of Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Her work will be on display at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the campus of Edison State College beginning Oct. 24. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a gallery talk at 7 p.m.

Ms. Holst became ill with CFIDS in 1989 and was forced to return to her hometown of Fort Myers. She has mined her syndrome related sensations for her work's static, tremor, crosshairs, elegance, distortion, drift, space, targets, voids, isolation and peace. When asked if it is important to her that the viewer be aware of her illness she says, "I don't think it makes any difference to the painting if the viewer is aware of my illness. I would hope that these paintings have a much broader scope than that, more about the mysteries of life. In a personal sense, I like to make the viewer aware of the illness because even though it's become epidemic, and there's plenty of information available about it, there are still many people, including doctors, who choose to remain ignorant and brush it off as psychologically rather than physiologically based."

COURTESY PHOTO Landscape Before Dying (Toward Exiting #6) Acrylic on canvas, 22" x 22", 2003
Ms. Holst was born in Florida and received an AA degree in 1981 from Edison Community College, a BFA degree from the University of West Florida in 1984, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1987. She has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada and Europe. She is represented by Feature Inc. in New York City. Her solo exhibition there in 2003 was listed in Artforum, Best of 2003, December issue, as being one of the top 10 shows in the world that year. A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship was awarded to her in 2005. Ms. Holst lives and works in Fort Myers.

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, call 489-9313 or visit www.bobRauschenberggallery.com

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