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Dark Scenes
These chiaroscuro drawings take heavy influence from early punk and zine prints. With dark images obscured by primitive photocopying machines that would sometimes seem to abstract and distort the image, they made the media seem even more elusive and subversive than it already was. Zines such as there were a small map or insight into a secret subculture that only a few were privy too, recreated in this work through the manic, even aggressive line work used often to define the punk subculture. Posted on walls or telephone poles, these shadowy papers divulged a stark and sometimes obscene image, shocking the general public into an inquisitive state and allowing misfits to take refuge in the guerilla style movement. With this work, Hollis wanted to take that philosophy and create cryptic scenes and sequences with an excessive amount of lines and shading, thus showing how something as apparently simple as overworking image can create the illusion of an obsessive or even psychotic creator. This manic, aggressive style of work allows a great emotional expressiveness, highlighted in the confused and busy nature of the pieces.

The Private Wedding
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Fruit Dance
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Cave Dwellers Gala
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Whipper Snappers
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Perseverance of Flies
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Descending Tiles
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Wear a Jacket with your Swimsuit
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Refill
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016
Cocaine as a Christmas Present
Ink and Brush
14x17
2016