MARCH 8TH // HOLEY KIDS + ANTHONY FREEMAN

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Featured in our gallery for the month of March is the work of Oklahoma artists the Holey Kids and Anthony Freeman.

Learn more about these artists at:
Holey Kids
https://www.instagram.com/anthonywx/

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, March 8th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, March 9th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs March 8th - April 8th

 

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HOLEY KIDS

 

What is your medium and process?

Our latest body of work is acrylic on loose canvas. We collaborate on every piece, attempting to create as one. We paint interchangeably in the moment with no preconceived concept in mind, as a way to document and further our sense of connection.

Where are you from?

OKC

How did you get started?

We started all of this around 10 years ago as a way to simply spend more meaningful time with each other.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

Following the passing of our adored cat, we found ourselves working on an entirely new body of work for this show. Sylvia was there for the beginning of our art endeavors. She studied our processes and always inserted herself into them. Creating these works has given us the opportunity to provide documentation of losing her, the absence felt, and the quiet spaces left.  

What inspires you?

Everyone we've ever met, known, lost, & observed.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

"In Watermelon Sugar" by Richard Brautigan

What are your goals for the future?

To continue

What advice do you have to artists?

Stay genuine, never stop

 

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ANTHONY FREEMAN

 

What is your medium and process?

i shoot my photos on a canon ae-1 with 35mm film and get them developed and scanned at bedford's camera. i don't edit my photos or anything like that.

Where are you from?

i grew up with a dad in the military so I moved around quite a bit growing up, but I was born in the great city of austin, texas. i also spent time living in arizona, germany, washington d.c, and then oklahoma city.

How did you get started?

taking pictures everyday. i got a camera in highschool and fell in love with the idea of documenting my life. i got my first canon ae-1 at 18 and really fell in love with shooting film and it made me really start to take photography serious. i've had probably 8-9 canon ae-1's at this point, every time one breaks (which is often with some of these old cameras) i simply find another ae-1 to buy. i'm definitely a person of habit.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

it's really a culmination of the work i've shot over the past four years or so. i really enjoy shooting older things that have some history behind it, and finding classic cars became a hobby in itself. after being used to moving every few years growing up it was definitely an adjustment being here in oklahoma for so long, and i used to really hate living here until i started exploring a little more and i started to really appreciate what oklahoma has to offer. i enjoy finding things with some history behind it, whether it be midcentury architecture or driving around oklahoma towns finding old cars. majority of the images i selected were actually shot around oklahoma exploring, with some other shots being in other states on vacation.

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What inspires you?

i find myself easily inspired. we live in a pretty visually stimulating world and I can find inspiration through music, movies, or simply seeing other photographer's work. traveling to new places has always inspired me as well. my dad is a big reason for my drive in life as well, and he loved to document his life and travels. he grew up a military child and then joined himself, so he traveled all around the globe a few times. i have a crate of photos he's taken from around the world and it always inspires me. i want to be able to leave something like that behind for my kids one day.

william eggleston and stephen shore's work... go to google, type their name in, and go to images. they documented the changing american landscapes they seen during a time when photography wasn't considered a real art-form and wasn't taken serious in galleries. They both changed that with their unique approach to photography and both are considered the grandfathers of color film photography and their classic images always leave me inspired when I see them. i got the chance to see both of their work in person, and that really was quite an experience. it reminded me to focus on creating good work that could be in that setting one day. i don't want to create images to throw on instagram and get forgotten about, i want to create images to document my time living on this planet and hopefully they're interesting enough to be hanging up in a gallery somewhere one day.

stephen shore's "cutoff places" book is a big source of inspiration, a photo book where he documented his road trips during the 70's on color 35mm film and large format film exploring the not so typical places in america like i find myself doing so many generations later. books like that remind me to be more patient with my work, and to keep making good photographs even if i'm not sharing them or putting them out there at the time.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

I always say one day I'd love to be a filmmaker, and the coen brothers (ethan and joel coen) are two of my favorite directors. 'no country for old men' is definitely my favorite film of theirs and one of my all time favorite films. It is filmmaking done right in every aspect, from the cinematography to the writing to the acting and everything in between. they call being filmmakers being able to "play in the sandbox" as adults, a place they can escape and be happy and do what it is they love, and I think photography has definitely been that for me in my life so far.

What are your goals for the future?

to continue to travel and take photos and build my portfolio. i want to continue to have shows to make my prints accessible to people, at the end of the day i just want to have my photos hanging up any and everywhere. it's always good to remind yourself of your end goal and remind yourself why you're taking pictures, otherwise your work can get lazy and feel uninspired. i want to continue to make interesting photos that are worth looking at, and i want to continue documenting the america as i see it before they replace all the cool old things i find so fascinating with boring new coffee shops.

What advice do you have to artists?

to never give up! being in a creative field of any sort can get so overwhelming and can feel overcrowded at times but i think persistence and confidence in one's self can go a long way. so many artists we look up to are no different or better than us, they just never stopped.