David Hochbaum in Berlin
Strychnin Gallery is opening a new show tonight in Berlin:
Title: Kaidan Shu - Tales of Mist and Wind
Gallery: Strychnin Gallery
There is a voyeuristic quality to David Hochbaum's most recent body of work. His women seem haunted, lost in indecision, captured at a moment between remembering where they have been and where they must eventually go. They ask us "why" and are more than willing to wait as long as it takes for us to answer.
This subtle, intimate and extremely personal collection of paintings, sculpture and installation, over a year in the making, evokes the austere, 14th century prints of the Japanese Muromachi period (think bold, minimalist brush strokes) while retaining Hochbaum's signature, multilayered textures. Hochbaum's use of multiple materials (photographs, oils, acrylic washes, gold and silver leaf to name a few) add an all too human character to these pieces, uniquely describing
the gauzy, unsure environments his characters inhabit. It is a joy to spend the time needed to search his paintings for hidden meanings and initially hard to notice detail.
2011/06/10 // 18:12 h // written by Art Bastard