Holton and gallery owner
Holton created the selection of about 20 pieces on exhibit between 1997 to 2013. They have a prevailing theme that ties into the title of the exhibit -- "In the Shadow of Contemplation."
The theme is about "an interest in reflection and thoughtfulness about making art, and also the subject. I am very interested in the narrative aspect of art-making to tell a story," Holton said. "I think that telling my story or someone else's story is a way to express a sense of value, inheritance, morality -- so the work is both a narrative and assertion of something. "
Holton said his pieces also contain elements of social commentary. He gave an example with one of the works in the exhibit, "Drawing on a Landscape," which shows a hand drawing on paper over a landscape, a horseman on the opposite side, representing the conquering of the landscape, and wound in the canvas, meant to show how the land is wounded by man's desire to dominate it.
"So it has a philosophical aspect of it," Holton said. "As an African-American, that cultural experience and perspective, in many ways, gives color, so to speak, to the language, gives perspective to the language and the mystery of life."
Holton said he'd read about Cochran and his collection and popularity of exhibitions over the years. Cochran had a collection of pieces by
They met and their mutual appreciation for African-American art and prints, and Cochran has since brought Holton to
Holton said Cochran brings a great cultural diversity to the artistic landscape in
Cochran said he and his wife Missy, a retired teacher, have been collecting art for 40 years. He said Holton's notoriety in print drew him to Holton because he "was known as a tremendous print maker." Holton founded the experimental printmaking institute at
Holton is also taking about 30 pieces of artwork by Blackburn from Cochran's collection for an exhibit he is setting up. Cochran said he hopes the exhibit of Holton's work in
"Hopefully this will give
The exhibit opened Wednesday and will be on display until
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