Exhibition
Lawndale, Houston, TX, February 8–May 1, 2021


Installation Shots, Lawndale, Houston, TX, photo by Nash Baker, courtesy of Lawndale


“Each component of her presentation contains iterations of 3-D scans of objects taken from the Buffalo Bayou vicinity, such as styrofoam, sand, brick, and shale. Subverting the scanning technology’s intended use, Veselka strips the detritus and natural elements of their original context to create airy, glitched, compelling, and eroded echoes of the originals. ... Rendering these objects often unrecognizable, Veselka celebrates the flaws inherent in technological transference, likening the process to the work’s intangible and fragile subject matter.”

– Curator Patricia Restrepo, excerpt from exhibition pamphlet

“Veselka offers juxtapositions in her works: Some are found objects, others are representations of those objects that have been processed by a 3-D scanner and printed or placed upon one of three video monitors. The duality is intriguing in its mix of artificial and organic. A dragonfly she found just outside Lawndale rests upon a pin, and a tiny frog appears perfectly preserved. Her prints take other natural objects — such as a bundle of flowers — and break them into a matrix of tiny squares. “

– Andrew Dansby, excerpt from Houston Chronicle

“This exhibition in many respects is very personal. If we were to look here at this sculptural installation, there's a mix of family heirlooms and artifacts beginning in the mid 1800s. ... These are objects that had been in the family's collection for generations. She's juxtaposing them with found objects from the Bayou as well as objects designed and created with a 3-D printer and then painted.

Holly is deeply concerned with our relationship to nature. The objects themselves, while beautiful, tend to have somewhat of a melancholy air to them, especially when juxtaposed with more tangible, human made objects, such as this metal spoon, the iron, a rock from the Bayou. The objects that she's chosen to create with her printer, like this series of flowers here, have a slightly wilting effect. They are organic objects that are decaying.”

– Stephanie Mitchell, excerpt from Houston Public Radio interview, Houston Matters