Lonnie Holley, Stuff From the Ocean, 2014. Cement, metal, and rocks, 10 x 9 x 6 in.

Lonnie Holley


Cash Rojas Projects

Lonnie Holley, best known for his found-object assemblages, sandstone carvings, and otherworldly music, is a self-taught artist who defies easy categorization. Many of his sculptures are imbued with the narrative common to folk art, while others have a Modernist aesthetic, emphasizing formal qualities. A recent pop-up exhibition in Atlanta, held in an empty retail space, invited viewers to ponder this duality in 29 sculptures created from 1994 to the present. An elaborate installation made especially for the show revealed the narrative side of Holley’s art, even in the lengthy title: The Holy Garbage Can: Honoring the Ways of the Civil Rights Women Walkers/All My Stuff Couldn’t Make It To Heaven. An array of debris moved up from the floor in a memorial …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.