(Artist) Lunchtime Poll: Julian Hoeber
Shamim M. Momin
Los Angeles-based artist Julian Hoeber uses a wide range of media—including sculpture, drawing, filmmaking, installation, and photography—to explore psychology, emotion and narrative. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Rosenblum Collection, Paris; Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York; Western Bridge Museum, Seattle; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. His installation work was recently represented in the exhibition Sim City at Ballroom Marfa, Texas. Hoeber has a BA in Art History from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Born in Philadelphia, Hoeber lives and works in Los Angeles.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery
Julian Hoeber plays with a variety of artistic traditions in his multimedia and multi-dimensional artwork; he picks up on dialogues begun by Minimalism, Land Art, Op Art, and the Light and Space Movement with his sculptures, drawings, films, installations, and photography. Hoeber was influenced by his mother’s photography career, and became interested in the medium’s ability to portray conflict and disparity, which has become an ongoing exploration in his contemporary practice. Other themes in his work include the representation of violence and crime, contemporary relics, forgery, and the illusory nature of documentation. As the artist puts it: “I’m happy if I can bring a viewer into greater awareness of how his or her preconceptions impede understanding.” Hoeber’s later works have moved away from representation into architectonic and experiential mediums, and sometimes employ optical or sensory illusions.
American, b. 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in Los Angeles, California