Vanessa Holyoak is an LA-based artist and writer working across installation, photography, performance, and language. She holds a dual MFA in Photography & Media and Writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Barnard College. Her art writing has recently appeared in art-agenda, BOMB Magazine, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Journal.fyi, and Hyperallergic. Recent exhibitions include Casa Lü in Mexico City and Harkawik and Eastside International in Los Angeles.
Artists at Work: Alison Saar by Vanessa Holyoak
Raised by a family of artists, Alison Saar has been crafting unique sculptures, installations, prints, and assemblages since her early years in the Los Angeles area, studying at Scripps College (BA 1978) and Otis College of Art and Design (MFA 1981). In 1983, she moved to New York City as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem before returning to Los Angeles and her native Laurel Canyon. Her ethereal body of work often incorporates found objects, weaving together historically rich narratives and symbolism from African diasporic traditions and diverse mythologies ranging from Yoruba to Greek. In 2021, she curated her first group exhibition, "SeenUNSeen," at L.A. Louver, and was the subject of a two-venue solo exhibition, "Of Aether and Earthe," on view at the Armory Center for the Arts and Pomona College’s Benton Museum.
“Stakeholders: Hong Kong in Venice” and the Hong Kong Protest Movement by Vanessa Holyoak
Negotiated Differences, 2019. Photo: Ela Bialkowska. Courtesy of M+ and Shirley Tse. Shirley Tse’s two-part installation, Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice was Hong Kong’s Collateral Event at the 58th Venice Biennale, guest-curated by Christina Li and co-organized by M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, and the Hong Kong Arts Development…