Thomas Huber

Thomas Huber Recent Paintings and Drawings
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Statement

In my paintings I merge various unrelated media into a unified picture - a free flowing record of open creative process over time. The imagery alludes to natural processes of regeneration such as germination and mitosis or on the super macro scale, the bubbling emergence of new universes.

I start by creating a thickly sculpted gesso ground that I gouge into and upon which I build a collage of found lists, doodles, diagrams and other personal notations mostly made by others. The notes are from the past but are often plans, diagrams or reminders of something to be done in the future. I then use various media including photo transfers, acrylics, venetian plaster, wax and varnish to create layers of organic and architectural forms that flow in and out of each other revealing recognizable and semirecognizable images and words. The resulting layered web evokes potential energy inviting one to make synaptic connections in a journey through space and time.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Huber grew up in Buffalo. He moved to New York City to attend The School of Visual Arts and graduated in 1986 with a BFA with Honors. He remained in New York City and began working with performance artist Yoshiko Chuma in her piece “The Housing project”. This led to several music projects where Huber played guitar and bass, most notably the infamous “House-O-Pork” who performed throughout the nineties at such various venues as PS 122, La Mama, Hallwalls, Jacob’s Pillow and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Throughout this period Huber continued to make paintings which increasingly became his focus. After moving to Cold Spring in 2000, he began showing his art work in Beacon, the Hudson Valley and throughout the US and beyond.

Huber recently began collaborating with Matt Frieburghaus and Laura Kaufman in a performance group called decomposer. Decomposer explores the interaction of sight and sound in space. It involves others who are given a set of rules to solve a problem in their own way within the group. Decomposers first performance, Many Centers One Song, involved 34 players who, following a set of rules, improvised with various instruments in a cow pasture. Players had to listen to others, play along and watch where they stepped.