Join us for the closing reception and final day of The Beginning Was The End / New Work, a solo exhibition by Allison Leigh Holt.

These two interrelated bodies of work feature video-sculptures, diagrams, videos, as well as works in mirror and glass, which explore divergent ways of perceiving, comprehending, and interacting with our world.

For a year and a half, Holt focused on traditional Javanese cosmology, working with shamans and philosophy professors as a Fulbright Scholar developing the body of work, The Beginning Was The End.  This comprehensive body of work is being presented in full for the first time at Pro Arts.  Holt translated the interrelatedness of human cognition, natural systems, and spirituality embodied in this worldview into a series of diagrams. These served as blueprints for her Hypercubes, a series of transparent resin sculptures activated by video mapped to their surfaces. Each Hypercube reveals delicate, powerful moving images that result in three-dimensional forms that convey higher-dimensional phenomena and concepts of time that differ from those of the West.

Holt’s New Work describes perspectives that propose radical shifts in cultural, anthropocentric, and Earth-based biases, at a time when human behavior determines our planet’s survival. The pieces in New Work apply the research from The Beginning Was The End to the world within and without the gallery itself. Within these newly constructed pieces, Holt experiments with symmetry in physics using the reflective and refractive properties of glass and water to create a multitude of views of the space, and sometimes of the viewer.


Allison Leigh Holt is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. Working at the intersection of sculpture, video, installation, and performance, she pursues a dialogue between divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending, and describing reality.

Holt has received awards from the U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Bermant Foundation, Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Experimental Television Center, Kala Art Institute, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her nominations include the SFMOMA SECA Award, the Eureka Fellowship, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2015, ’16 finalist). She was a recent resident artist at Bullseye Resource Center and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Holt is the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors, and is a media art mentor to neurodivergent individuals. She studied at The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).

The Beginning Was The End / New Work is funded in part by generous grants from Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – Fulbright Program, San Francisco Arts Commission the David Bermant Foundation,  Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Fleishhacker Foundation.