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The de la Cruz Collection is pleased to announce the opening of an installation in our project room of works by American artist Christian Holstad.

Christian Holstad's art practice reflects his interests in crafts, hand-made objects and textiles. Holstad's work shares a "Camp" aesthetic sensibility with references to kitsch. "Camp" was very much part of the 1960's culture and is often associated with drag queen performers, filmmakers like John Waters (his films Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Polyester), Andy Warhol and artists like Divine and Liberace.

Holstad's installation Sleeping Bag from Dignity, 2004, a crotched campfire scene, includes a sleeping bag with an image of Patty Hearst on the pillow, a symbol of American History in the 70's. Big Drag, 2004, a metallic purple hyena with flamingos is also included in the installation, further referring to disco culture.

It Comes in Waves, 2003, Christian Holstad's sparkling tinsel curtain, brings back memories of Felix Gonzalez-Torres' glittering curtains. By inprinting on the curtain Japanese artist Hokusai's famous early 19th century woodblock print The Wave, Holstad introduces high art on modest materials.

Christian Holstad was born in Anaheim, California 1972.
He lives and works in New York.

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