La Recámara Rosa (1996)
Raw Materials is pleased to present Hugh Holland: Photographs. Concurrent with his skateboard culture photographs being included in MOCA's Art in the Streets exhibition, the “Photographs" show at Raw Materials brings to the forefront selections of Holland’s less often seen works from after the skateboard era, during a fifteen-year period spent in Mexico. In “Photographs”, Holland explores the erotic and the mundane, the sacred and the profane, through photographs sometimes naturalistic, sometimes staged and manipulated, but always with a touch of the surreal.
Holland has recently come into the spotlight for photos documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, and Venice Beach beginning in the 1970s. Before extreme sports and corporate sponsorship became ubiquitous, Holland photographed a generation of boys discovering their identity amidst the backdrop of cultural phenomena that shaped a generation.
A signing for Holland’s book, Locals Only, published by Ammo Books and showcasing a particular subset of Southern California skateboard culture in the 70’s, is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 from 7 to 9pm at Raw Materials. Additional photographs by Holland will be available to view or purchase exclusively during the book signing. Signed, limited edition photographs will be available for purchase throughout the course of the show. The exhibition runs from June 9 to August 6, 2011.
Hugh Holland, born 1942, was relatively unknown until six years ago. He grew up in Oklahoma, and migrated to California in 1966, just in time for the cultural revolution. After a year spent in Spain, he returned to Los Angeles in 1968, and with no formal training started photographing whatever caught his eye. In 1975, while driving up Laurel Canyon, he witnessed his first skateboarders in the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. For the next few years, he knew he found his subject, tirelessly documenting the burgeoning culture.
Many years later, in 2005, his very large collection of images documenting the early skateboard era was discovered by a major gallery. Holland is currently one of 50 artists showcased in the controversial Art of the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The exhibition traces the development of street art from the 1970’s to the global movement it has become today. MOCA’s exhibition has a special section dedicated to Dogtown skateboard culture. Holland resides in Los Angeles.