Garden of the Dispossessed - New works by David Hochbaum

9 Oct 2009 – 8 Nov 2009

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Opening night from 7-11 pm; Regular opening times are Friday & Saturday from 1-7 pm; Thursday & Sunday from 1-6 pm

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David Hochbaum's preoccupation with houses, labyrinthine streets and cityscapes reaches a new level of perfection in these carefully layered works.


The latest works by North American artist David Hochbaum are inspired by the city, most of all New York City, where he was born and has now been living and working for the past 14 years. The work gives testimony to the time spent and dues paid to a cut throat and unforgiving environment. The many tableaus in Hochbaum's latest series of works contain several complex layers of materials. The artist creates claustrophobic cities, flaunting the grandiose expression of man's desire to achieve and progress beyond the heavens, cutting into the sky, obstructing the clear horizons. He has also created contradicting images of trees and forests, which come across more as figurative studies of people rather than timber. The city landscapes also take on an almost human quality although one does not see a single person inside them, unless looming over the buildings like giants, completely out of proportion to the cities' scale. In contrast to the images presenting outer cityscapes, Hochbaum then seems to zoom inside to show a more tranquil interior. He presents singular portraits of the possible inhabitants of the towns, sleeping in the grass, contemplating on the riverside, or traversing through the gardens. The quality of these works is more related to photography and maintains more integrity to the medium of the black and white silver print than to painting. But not unlike most of Hochbaum's body of work, the materials are slashed, varnished and written upon, adding texture and the evidence of life to the surface.


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