Barry Holden (Day and Night)

Slide House

Artist Statement
After quarantining ourselves in our house in Sag Harbor with our son and future daughter-in-law, and leaving so many items behind in New York, and not able to work as an architect for a while, I realized that I wanted to focus on artwork. I would have to start using what materials I had at hand to make this artwork. When my mother died last year, I inherited hundreds of 35mm slides that my father had taken in the 50’s and 60’s. These and others had been kept for years in boxes but noone looks at them anymore. I used the slides as building blocks and created a small sculpture in the shape of a house, lighted from within. Since I have been sequestered for almost two months now, its given me much more time to look back and assess where I’ve been and where I will go in the future. This project is a physical manifestation of that assessment.

Barry Holden is an artist and a licensed architect. During his career, he created large scale, public artworks across the country. An aluminum and neon sculpture titled, “Hover” in Seattle, an homage to the Wright Brothers first flight titled, “Kill Devil Hill”, for Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, as well as temporary installations, such as “B. Holden to Diderot” at the Federal Courthouse in New York, “Levitation”, a full scale house floating in the air, at the NY Hall of Science in Queens, and solo shows at the original Clock Tower Gallery, in New York, as well as numerous solo and group exhibitions. 

With his partner, artist Nina Yankowitz, he created major public artworks in Hoboken and Jersey City for two light rail stations, a granite and interactive sound project titled, “Interactive Poetry Walk” in Cleveland, a public seating project in Los Angeles, and other installation artworks across the country and in Europe. As an architect, he has designed numerous apartments, houses, offices, and a bagel factory. For the last 25 years, he has lived and worked in New York in Soho, and in a house that he designed Sag Harbor.