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Perry Hoberman, "Drawings 1975-2005" and Linda Post, “Window Project”
artMoving is pleased and proud to present an exhibition of drawings by Perry Hoberman.
Perry Hoberman is a singular artist, one whose work ought to be far better known than it is. Here he presents a small selection from more than thirty years of sustained and often inspired production. Hoberman's single-minded dedication to craft, his ability to focus on the simple, unembellished act of drawing in the face of the constant distractions of contemporary life, is unusual, uncommon, and admirable. Unlike so many of his peers, he has managed to resist any temptation to adopt more 'contemporary' working methods; his entire career is a testament to the power of mere paper, pen and ink to transform and reinvigorate perception itself.
Hoberman's early interest in cinema and technology continues to inform his work, although he made a crucial decision years ago to refrain from making any use of that technology itself. His early flirtation with neo-cinematic installations and multi-media work met with a certain critical acclaim, culminating in a number of high-profile shows, such as the 1985 Whitney Biennial. But then, suddenly, in the mid-1980s, Hoberman made the unexpected decision to forego a promising career in what was then known as 'mixed-media' art to shift his focus to a realm that he could create using only the most modest of tools.
Although this work met with what could be charitably characterized as only the most limited success, Hoberman has now stuck with it for more than twenty years, resisting any temptation to be seduced by various art-world trends or fads, including video art, new media, interactive installation, and so on. While most of his peers flitted constantly from one medium to the next in what could be seen as the artworld version of attention deficit disorder, Hoberman's concentration never wavered.
Over the subsequent years, Hoberman passed up many opportunities to exhibit and build upon his earlier career, even as interest in his current work declined precipitously. Meanwhile, as techno-fetishistic trends such as digital art, interactive art and net art continuously sweep the art world, Hoberman's production remains humble, unpretentious, and small-scale. We should note that there are occasional rumors that he has continued to work in other media privately, but in any case -- even if there were any truth to these rumors -- he has kept this work strictly to himself.
Perry Hoberman's work has been largely ignored, perhaps even forgotten entirely. The time is long overdue for this work to find the audience it so richly deserves.
"Perry Hoberman's loving dedication to the trembling hand's act, to the task of tracking and recording the amused behavior of his own minute and immaculate attention, renders him a homespun marvel in this age of the mechanically obliterated human record. In a very real sense a "pre-Gutenberg" maker of pages -- a shedder of meaningful leaves from his own private tree -- Hoberman's resistance to the digitized and mediated utterance, even at the price of a seeming silence, comprises a lifelong performance of encompassing courage and beauty. Treasure this man while you can, for his kind is not long for this earth."
- Harris Conklin
Harris Conklin, America's foremost neglected poet, is the author of several collections, including SMUDGED MORAL MAPS and THE GHOST OF MY APPETITE. He teaches at Rutgers.
Linda Post’s “Window Project’” is her second installation at artMoving Projects and the second in our new Video Project Space. This piece is a sound work that is so mysterious it