About

Hollace Metzger

Hollace M. Metzger

Ms. Metzger is a visual and conceptual artist, author and architect born in the United States’ Mid-west. She obtained her professional degree in architectural design at the University of Kentucky, spending two terms of her professional degree in Venice, Italy. In Venice, Hollace flourished as a student and artist while independently studying classical music and commencing a form of poetic writing, a way to re-interpret surrounding environments through a combination of verbal sketches, emotion, sounds, and events of spatial experience supplementary to drawings. In 1999, Metzger’s proposal for a Lagoon welcoming center / music school and sustainable breakwall system between the cities of Mestre and Venice was recognized in the newspaper Il Gazzettino.

After returning to the U.S., Metzger completed design studies while concurrently studying graduate level 16th/17th-Century literature and continued investigation in composition through painting, claiming in her graduate thesis “Kin-Aesthetic Fourth Dimension”, that architecture, human-scale / spatial experience, psychology and art-as-process remain combined, conscious objectives in architectural practice. Renaissance-based and rooted in numerous texts including Colin Rowe & Robert Slutzky’s Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal, this thesis evolved into a life-study for Metzger. She credits Mark Clary, Carol Buhrman, Keith Plymale, Michael Cranfill and Prof. Maria Dallerba-Ricci for their guidance and tutelage during this time.

In 2000, Metzger relocated to New York City to complete her architectural apprenticeship. There, while employed at the offices of the deans of Yale and then CUNY Schools of Architecture, she recommenced creative writing as a means to record urban experiences, the altered velocity of time, transport and thoughts during the subway commute to and from her home in Brooklyn. Her painting developed in her studios in Fort Greene, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant and finally in the artists’ community of Williamsburg. Here, writing and abstract art further developed as a means of recording the city’s energy, of personal connection and of exploring what was not being conveyed in the professional world. After briefly returning to architectural and urban studies with the Architectural Association of London, Metzger began performing her writings and exhibiting paintings in New York City and Brooklyn in 2006-7. Well received, these public forums provided means for her to further develop individual creative motives eventually leading to the release of her first book, allowing her art to migrate beyond the United States and reach a new, finished dimension through collaboration.

Metzger crossed the Atlantic for Dublin in the summer of 2007, touring western Europe before taking residence in Paris, France. In 2011, she initiated MiDEA, a cross-disciplinary design Atelier where she continued investigation into and held commissioned projects in painting, voice, writing, residential design, public art installations, studies in dance and photography. Living between Reims and Paris from 2011-12, her fifth book of poetry and prose, 3VOLVE, was completed while achieving her diploma in French language studies from the Universite de Reims. The book’s text reveals how differing culture, experiences, languages and the masculine-feminine merge in communication. Its format, highly influenced by a self-led investigation into photography, consciousness of one’s own language transformation, the sensual nature of touch and being ‘touched’ and reminiscient, in its final presentation, of the 1950’s Concrete Poetry manifesto (proceeded by the Futurists and “sound poets”). In 3VOLVE, Metzger freely reconfigures space and time as the memory’s frame surrounding moments sought to be committed to memory while reinforcing the importance of haptic communication, touch and being touched, in an age when it is seemingly being lost.

Metzger is now author of:  Observing the Labyrinth from Heaven (2007, 2008), Transcriptions of Time (2009),  Why the WilloW (2010), Eternal Story (2011) and 3VOLVE (2013), books combining art and poetry, and author-vocalist of:  Observing the Labyrinth from Heaven: Paris Recordings (2008), TranSynPhony (2010) and Why the WilloW (2011). In addition to vocal and writing credits on European independent record labels, her authorship (and often accompanying fine-art and stage art) C.V. includes an extensive list of literary journals and collaborations for independent European films, theatre and ballet, with choreographers, visual artists and musicians throughout western Europe, the US, UK and Canada as well as New Zealand, Mexico, Columbia, Romania and India.

Deeply rooted in theories of Time-Space, Movement, Memory & Sentiment, memory’s mental photographs and how we adapt to/adopt Place’s perceived distortions, the rhythm of movement (“music”) and insights of the conscious traveler are ever-present in Metzger’s work. Although through the individual artist’s voice, how one moves, interprets space, forms words or an emotion in that time is often left open and unprescribed so that the individual affront Metzger’s work is engaged, even motivated, to decide or reflect inwards, towards or away from him or herself.

Metzger returned to the Mid-west United States in 2013, later traveling cross-country to further develop her work. She has taken temporary residence in Anchorage, Alaska, where she completed a brief study with UAA’s civil engineering department and is now performing locally while fulfilling commissioned painting studies, preparing for a first solo art exhibition, and writing her first novel.

* photo © Nikola Tamindzic / HOMEOFTHEVAIN

 

 

 

 

 

Residence & Travelogue

1975  born in Cleveland, Ohio

1980’s
Panama City, Florida
Nassau, Bahamas
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Cancun, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

1990′s
Orlando, Florida
Athens, Ohio
Aspen, Colorado
Rattlesnake Island, Ohio
Nassau, Bahamas
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Sarasota, Florida
Toronto, Canada
Lake Placid, New York
Chautauqua, New York

1994
-living in Lexington, Kentucky
New York, New York
Chicago, Illinois
Wheeling, West Virginia

1995
Park City, Utah

1996
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bear Run, Pennsylvania
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Lexington, Kentucky
– living in Venice, Italy
Milan, Italy
Como, Italy
Zurich, Switzerland
Munich, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Calais, France
Dover, England
London, England
Paris, France
Bilbao, Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Zaragoza, Spain
Avignon, France
Marseille, France
Nice, France
Rome, Italy
Genova, Italy
Mantova, Italy
Verona, Italy
Savona, Italy
San Vito d’Altivole, Italy

1997
– living in Lexington, Kentucky
Cleveland, Ohio

1998
Louisville, Kentucky
– living in Venice, Italy
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
Dijon, France
Rome, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Innsbruck, Austria
Mutters, Austria
Verona, Italy

1999
– living in Lexington, Kentucky
Cincinnati, Ohio

2000
– living in Brooklyn, New York

2001
New York, New York

2002
Boston, Massachusetts

2003
Los Angeles, California
Beverly Hills, California
New Haven, Connecticut

2004
San Francisco, California
Washington, D.C.
Louisville, Kentucky

2005
London, England
Glasgow, Scotland
Milan, Italy
Venice, Italy

2006
New York, New York

2007
Dublin, Ireland
Venice, Italy
Junas, France
Athens, Greece
Piraeus, Greece
Glasgow, Scotland
– living in Drumgelloch, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
– living in Montmartre, Paris, France

2008
– living in Paris, France
Ellezelles, Belgium
Mannheim, Germany
Karlsruhe, Germany
Stuttgart, Germany
Toulouse, France
Normandy, France

2009
Versailles, France
Mont Saint-Michel, France
Caen, France
Rouen, France
Normandy, France

2010
– living in Mayenne, France
Saint-Malo, France
Lassay-les-Châteaux, France
Langrune-sur-Mer, France
Gorron, France
Saint-James, France
Chartres, France
Le Treport, France
Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Amiens, France
Dieppe, France
Cleveland, Ohio
– living in Paris, France

2011
Madrid, Spain
New York, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Paris, France
– living in Reims, France
Normandy, France
Mayenne, France
Dublin, Ireland
Galway, Ireland
Aran Islands, Ireland
County Kerry, Ireland
County Clare, Ireland
County Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Paris, France
Versailles, France

2012
Epernay, France
Chalons-en-Champagne, France
Berlin, Germany
– living in Paris, France
Lille, France

2013
Cleveland, Ohio
Erie, Pennsylvania
Fairbanks, Alaska
Whittier, Alaska
– living in Anchorage, Alaska

2014
Paris, France