PRINT January 2003

Steve Lafreniere

HANGING ON THE WALL OF CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD’s Brooklyn studio is a string of shiny cardboard letters that reads INFECT OTHERS. Just a suggestion, really, but one that couldn’t be plainer about the artist’s intentions. There’s a slyly evangelical tone to Holstad’s work; it aims to repudiate bad faith in a time seemingly piled high with it.

Holstad is interested in cognition, in particular the shifty relationships between touch, neurology, and sublimer states. Investigating these, he’s developed a unique art practice, one that emphasizes its own meditative processes. If that sounds reductive, the work couldn’t be less so—drawings, collages, sculptures, installations, costumes, performances, and videos that cleverly question our ability to fathom our own feelings.

The “eraserhead drawings” are black-and-white newspaper photos Holstad alters with both ends of a pencil. They have the irrational

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the January 2003 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.