In a darkened room stands a fourteen foot high hexagonal wooden scaffolding structure. This temporary construction wrapped in industrial plastic sheeting, hosts a dimly lit ten foot by eight foot oval pencil drawing, seemingly still in progress. Next to this structure stands a draughtsman chair and architectural drawing board, covered in drawings, notes, drawing implements and models.
Synapse is a snapshot, a brief juncture or pause in a working practise. Complexity is a key element to Houlding’s work. The marks, scribbles and scratches which scatter across the surface of his drawing combine and collide creating a microcosmic world where perceived reality and abstraction blur. This sets up a dichotomy between the known and the unknown. Aerial views of explosions, plans of war torn cities, biopsies of human sinew and elements from atomic molecular structures appear and disappear as quickly as a blink of the eye. The marks are an awkward and complicated system of ambiguous signs and symbols, which chart beyond standard measurement, shaped, built, eroded, and exploded by forces in the mind. In the installation the viewer is physically and mentally invited to step into the artists working area, being enclosed by the surrounding structure. The large scale of the drawing envelops the viewer encouraging an active involvement with the work.