About the exhibition
The Monument to Carl Einstein exhibition presented the practice-research of artist Dale Holmes. Specifically, it presentd outputs from Holmes' long-term research into the work and precarious biography of Carl Einstein (1885 - 1940). The exhibition comprised both painting and a sculptural monument.
Holmes co-edited the book The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein with Sharon Kivland and published by MA Bibliotheque in 2019. The book collected contributions from artists and writers speculating on what art writer and theorist Carl Einstein might have delivered as a graveside oration at the funeral of Rosa Luxembourg. Einstein's real oration was never recorded, and confusion was expounded by missattribution to physicist Albert Einstein.
About the researcher
Dr Dale Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Illustration, Department of Art and Communication, University of Huddersfield. His art practice is situated at the intersections of painting, performance and sculpture and the social, temporal and spatial relations of infrastructure, topographies and 20th century art histories.
Holmes is currently working on a major research project titled The New Aspidistra which explores and expands Carl Einstein's concept of the 'S/O function' - the collapse of the dualism of subject and object - through a range of mediums including long distance endurance cycling.
Holmes has been a practicing artist since 1999 and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, both as 'Dale Holmes' and as part of the collective research project 'Material Conjectures'. He received his PhD from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 for a body of research titled Abstract Realism: Non-Anthropocenric Strategies for Constructing Non-Relational Artworks. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and has taught at Sheffield Hallam University, Goldsmiths College and Wimbledon School of Art. He was chosen as an exhibiting artist for John morres 24 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.