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David Hochbaum

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 almost immediately. In the following decade, Hochbaum’s work has been seen in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile and everyday 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 hosts monthly critique salons, offers free workshops for artists and helps to create projects for artists which raise money and interest in their work. David Hochbaum’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the
United States, Europe, and South America. Amongst his many collectors, Hochbaum’s
work has been added to the collections of Elton John, HR Giger, Matt Groening, and
Emily Deschanel

David Hochbaum

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 almost immediately. In the following decade, Hochbaum’s work has been seen in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile and everyday 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 hosts monthly critique salons, offers free workshops for artists and helps to create projects for artists which raise money and interest in their work. David Hochbaum’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the
United States, Europe, and South America. Amongst his many collectors, Hochbaum’s
work has been added to the collections of Elton John, HR Giger, Matt Groening, and
Emily Deschanel

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David Hochbaum: In Twilight’s Lost Gloaming
by Carlo McCormick

When the mighty empire at last closes its eyes at night and lays its heavy head down for a final eternal slumber amidst wracked death rattled sabers snored to its own deaf ears, this is what it dreams.
It sees realms so grand in ambition they are built to spill, the world’s burdens perpetually misplaced upon those of remarkable innocence and beauty, the ineffably eloquent elegance of a story that only flowers in its very last breath, and visions rife with omens of ill promise.
Instant recall in slow-mo replay, self-conjured collective memories, the incessant accumulation of after-image like some retinal feedback loop, what comes to light in David Hochbaum’s paintings is the manifestation of those things we can only imagine when darkness descends.
He renders indelible images as scant traces, suggestions of a fearful symmetry in which is etched the memento mori, the painful reminder of loss that can only be gained in the foregoing.
A lover with a coroner’s touch, a poete maudit in his heart whose only atonement is to illustrate the scriptures of civilization’s nefarious ends, a prevaricator and procrastinator extraordinaire gainfully employed by all who are bound to equivocate the inevitable,
there is indeed something magical about the way that Hochbaum can diffuse and disperse such simple truths into miasmic enigmas. To say that his art seduces us like no other is not merely to state the obvious, it is to admit our mutual culpability in some unspeakable
shared perversity. Like a Gothic Romance transcribed by the hands of Existentialists, David allows us to believe our doubts by doubting our belief, proffering a tarnished faith that shines in our darkest hours to guide anyone who truly wants to find the way to getting lost.
He fires the synapses, kindles the heart and strokes the libido of everything good and rotten in our mind’s eye, and just when we’re too intoxicated by the musky aroma of his yet unspoken insinuations he shakes us back to some stuporous consciousness with a rejoinder that these are in fact just pictures. And haunting though they may be, you still know what’s on the other side of this soporific sublime is a quotidian ugliness beyond despair.
A master-weaver of composite realities, is it any wonder that getting anywhere with Hochbaum’s art ultimately involves some sort of escape- a flight of fancy upon some inky-black bird’s foreboding wing or one way passage on a ship of dubious destination- where each semblance of understanding is posed as a dichotomy poised between irreconcilable differences? He’s an insomniac harvesting the fallen defenses and drifting thoughts in the forest of nod, a choreographer of gestures stumbled through like Freudian slips, a man who keeps all the media burning at all hours so that it constantly whispers bittersweet nothings like a moonlit babbling stream of consciousness in the emotional crevices of our psyche. If you ever spent time in that bedlam bar boiling just under the floorboards where David Hochbaum lives and works, you’d understand why he’s so good at accessing these psychologically interstitial places, carving lean-to castles in those compromised spaces where things are not how they re-appear to be. His art grows from the reproduction of images, from the diminishment of certainty and loss of authority that
is born in the reprocessing of visual data. A cartographer of interpositions, the place he imagines, The Mysterious Action of Memory as he calls it, can only exist as an arcane multi-media where photography, silkscreen, linoleum cuts, pen and ink drawing, acrylic and oil painting, carbon transfer and visionary epistolary converge in a single polyglot. There is unforgettable wisdom here, unutterable save for the lower languages where exiles, fools and madmen talk tongues to one another in the tones of forgotten prophets.

Solo Exhibitions

2017       Inside Out Gallery. Somerville. Mass
2013      Strychnin Gallery. Berlin. Germany
2011      Strychnin Gallery. Berlin. Germany

             “Kaidan-Shu: Tales of Mist and Wind”

Exhibit and charity fundraiser for the victims of the 2011 Tsunami 

Disaster In Japan

2010      Corey Helford Gallery. Los Angeles, California

              “You are not Falling, You are Floating”

2009      Strychnin Gallery. Berlin, Germany

               “Garden of the Dispossessed”

2008      Strychnin Gallery. Berlin, Germany

               “Mysterious Action Of Memory” 

              Strychnin Gallery. London, UK

             “Tracking Invisible Cities”           

2007     Corey Helford Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

             “To The Winds”

             McCaig-Welles Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

             “Fool’s Paradise”  

             James Anthony Gallery. Salt Lake City, UT

             “111 Ladders”    

2006     Strychnin Gallery. Berlin, Germany

             “Himmelsboten”

             Art At Large. New York City, NY

             “These Things Between Us”

2005     Extravaganza Gallery. Santiago, Chile

             “Come Down Easy”

2004     Metalstone Gallery. New York City, NY

             “Sky Is The Messenger”

2003     Art @ Large. New York City, NY    

             “Below Us Is The Sky”

1999     Gershwin Gallery. New York City, NY

             “Compulsive Behavior”

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016      University Place Gallery. Cambridge. MA

               “Red Biennial”

              Lovetts Gallery. Tulsa. OK

              “Fahrenheit”      

2015 Lotusland. Santa Barbara. CA

              “Flock”

              Last Rites Gallery. New York City. NY

               “13th Hour”

2014      Mark Miller Gallery. New York City. NY

              “Beasticon 2”

2013       Lazaritas Gallery . London . UK

               “A Study Of Studies”   

               Strychnin Gallery. Berlin. Germany

               “Those Who Dream By Day”            

               Kallenbach Gallery. Amsterdam. NL

                “Sentinels Of The Citadel”

2012       Officine dell’Immagine . Milan. Italy

               “Selva Obscura”

               Munch Gallery. New York City. NY

               “Next To The Sea” 

               Strychnin Gallery. Berlin. Germany

              “Requium”               

2010      Bristol Museum of Art. Bristol, UK

              “Art of the New World”

              Fantasmus . Saeby. Denmark

              “Quadrant Fantasy”

2009      MACRO future. Rome, Italy

             “Apocalypse Wow”

2007      Strychnin London

              “Kings And Queens And Childhood Dreams”

              Capla Kesting Gallery  NYC, NY

              “Sunset and Saint Marks”

              Strychnin NYC

              “Dark Hearts And Broken Vows”

2006     Standard Hotel. Los Angeles, CA

             “Sunset and Saint Marks”

             Stockholm So Gallery. Stockholm, Sweden

             “City In My Head”

             CKFA Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

             “Sunset and Saint Marks”

2005     McCaig-Welles Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

             “Doppelganger”

2004     Fletcher Gallery. Woodstock, NY

       Woodstock Tattoo and Body Arts Festival

             Woodstock Gallery Of Art. Woodstock, NY

             “The Art Of Propaganda”

2003     Metalstone Gallery. New York City, NY

             Goldmine Shithouse Artist Collaborative     

             Dabora Gallery. Brooklyn, New York 

       “Tales Of Death 2”

       Williamsburg Art And Historical Society. Brooklyn, NY

       “Brave Destiny”

             Fletcher Gallery. Woodstock, New York 

             H.R. Giger Featuring Works By Artists In His Personal Collection 

            Hawthorne Gallery. Woodstock, NY

2002     Art @ Large. New York City, NY

             “Group Sex II”

            Williamsburg Art And Historical Society. Brooklyn, NY

            “Strength In Numbers”

            CBGB 313 Gallery. New York City, NY 

            “MysFunnctional”

            Wild Seduction Gallery. Miami, Florida

            “Art And Lust”

2001     Das Gelbe Haus. Flims, Switzerland 

             “Die Schaukel”

2000      Artsforum Gallery. New York City, NY

              “Uncommon Ground”

1999     Jorgensen Gallery. New York City, NY 

            ” Concrete Illusions”

1998     CBGB Gallery .. New York City, NY 

            ” Black Cloud Revival”

1997     Smoking Gallery West. Los Angeles, California   

1996     HERE Gallery. New York City, NY 

             “Grace @ Mania”

1995     The Copley Society of Boston. Boston, Mass   

1994     Bromfield Gallery .. Boston, Mass

             “Process And Product”

             Grossman Gallery. Boston, Mass 

             Boit Competition *Award Recipient

Installations and Art Fairs

2014 Lotusland. Santa Barbara. CA
             Urban Nation. Berlin. Germany

2013 ArtFair. Cologne. Germany

2012 ArtFair. Cologne. Germany

2011 ArtFair. Cologne. Germany

2010     ArtFair, Cologne, Germany

             Scope  Basel, Switzerland

2009     ArtFair, Cologne Germany

2008     Aqua Art. Miami, FL

             Art 21. Cologne, Germany 

             Fusion Five. Cannes, France

2007     Art 21. Cologne, Germany

             Artief. Diest, Belgium

             Bridge Art .. Chicago, IL

             Fountain NYC, NY

             Scope  NYC, NY

             Art Koln-Liste. Koln, Germany   

2006     Fountain   Miami, FL

             Bridge Art  Miami FL

             Kunstsalon. Berlin, Germany

             Stockholm’s Kulture Festival. Stockholm, Sweeden

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