As an artist and maker, David Hochbaum's work is a contemplation of human behavior, history, astronomy, and iconoclastic symbols that provides an intriguing narrative for the viewer. While maintaining dialogue with his own behavior, each picture produces a vision from his private world bound to elements and symbols. His sculptures are an extension of his imagery bringing his vision to a furthered textural dimension. His passion for construction and experimentation keeps his work spontaneous while solidly planted within his unique voice. Hochbaum's output is centered on the power of myth and memory. However, to understand his work, one must understand that the myths he explores have little to do with the gods and monsters of antiquity. Hochbaum incorporates the ideas, ideologies and iconography of his vivid dreams and recollections with the lives seen on the streets to create a new mythology. These visceral stories attempt to explain visually the unknown elements and intricacies of modern life. It is the desire to communicate the lessons of this mythos with all of humanity in a common, unmistakable tongue which drives Hochbaum's efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, photography and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.
David Hochbaum (b. 1972) left his New York home in 1990 for Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts where he studied photography, painting and sculpture. In 1995, he returned to New York and began showing locally immediately. In the following two decades, Hochbaum's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile and in venues across the United States. Dedicated to the idea of community, Hochbaum strives to work collectively with artists from all genres and backgrounds. Besides being actively involved with collaborative ensembles, he has hosted critique salons, offered free workshops for artists at his studio and helps to create projects for artists, which raise money and interest in their work. David moved his studio to Somerville, Massachusetts in 2015 where he currently lives. Hocbaum is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide range of technique. His love for process brings together traditional darkroom photography with painting, printmaking and collage to create a textured tableau layered with color, text and imagery. His dedication to the unique print persists with his digitally produced images incorporating hand coloring, inscribed text, homemade encaustic and custom built frames which insure that every piece becomes a one of a kind.
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Initiated in 2009, The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.