Julian Hoeber’s third solo show at Blum and Poe Gallery, titled All That is Solid Melts into Air, explores aged forms, bronze busts and op-art in particular, and emphasizes the way old recycled ideas shape “new” people and objects. In an insightfully written artist’s statement, Hoeber describes himself as a tube, listing the span of influences that have cycled through his system. What comes out is a digested, sometimes decaying conglomeration of forms.
Hoeber’s show includes two bodies of work – one a set of fifteen works on paper that toy with viewers’ perception; the other a series of bronze heads that have been shot, bit, and beaten up. The heads sit on reflective pedestals just high enough to emphasize their human scale.
Hoeber earned his MFA from Art Center. He also studied at Karel deGrote Hogeschool in Belgium and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He recently participated in the group exhibition Against the Grain at LACE. All That is Solid Melts into thin Air will be on view through October 2008.