100 Colorado Creatives: Hollis + Lana
#41: Artists Hollis + Lana.
Hollis + Lana installing a sculpture at Gildar Gallery.
Husband-and-wife team Conor Hollis and Amorette Lana not only fell in love -- they also fell into artistic collusion. Together, they wield spray cans to create organic collaborative works, sometimes monumental in size, on canvases, in sculptural shapes and across the sides of buildings. What's love got to do with it? More than you might think: These two are a bit of a two-headed art monster, each finishing the other's sentences, visually. And when they're not making art, the couple helps others realize theirs: As professional fabricators, they're the ones who work out every nut and bolt needed to bring a monumental sculpture to life.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Laura Shill
The collaborative works of Hollis + Lana are currently on view at Gildar Gallery through Friday, October 11, where they'll close their show, The Everyday Circus, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The well-received exhibit has brought the couple attention from our own Michael Paglia and Hi-Fructose Magazine. We invited Hollis + Lana to answer our 100CC questionnaire, and here's what they had to say.
Gildar Gallery Piggybacks & Copy Cats, Hollis + Lana
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Hollis + Lana: Well, each other obviously, but if we're going for a threesome, lets bring in Niikola Tesla; his sense of humor, mad scientist ways, and willingness to fail through experimentation intrigues us. Also Tesla may be able to explain to us how we are able to collaborate given that time travel is not quite readily available.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
We both fell in love with Lisa Yuskavage for her color palettes, which can only be fully appreciated in reality. MadC is intimidatingly bold. Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan are some of the best people we've met. They turn government funded projects into thoughtfully considered artist and community supporting projects. Will Cotton's frosting paintings excite the sugarmonster in both of us.
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