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Pooling, Melting Color: Art by Holton Rower

A monolithic artwork by Holton RowerVenus

Holton Rower creates works that hover halfway between painting and sculpture. Using layers upon layers of thin poured paint, Rower creates psychedelic patterns out of pooling, melting color.


Rower creates both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms with this paint-pouring method. I appreciate the artist’s two-dimensional works both in the way they evidence the artist’s hand and process, and in the way that Rower edits them into their own forms. In one series of works, the artist directs his paints into an elongated, serpentine shape that becomes quite organic when filled in with stripes of color.

A flat painting by Holton Rower installed in a gallery space5ac11a


The artist’s process seems similar to that of Luis Pagan, but with completely different results. Rower takes his process into an even more theatrical sphere by holding painting performances wherein he creates his pours over top of a wooden box or even a live model. The results showcase not only the behaviour of the paint, but the interaction between the medium and the substrate.

A painting made from paint poured over a square block3ac1c

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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