Peters Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of artist Joel Hobbie. The exhibition titled, Points in Space, will be on view at Peters Projects from June 2 to July 15, 2017. Peters Projects will host an opening reception with the artist on Friday, June 2, 5-7 pm.
Joel Hobbie’s new work is inspired from uprooted cottonwood trees, unearthed by flooding in the area close to where he resides in New Mexico. Drawn to nature and transformative ideas of death and rebirth, Hobbie casts dead branches in bronze. He reassembles the metal forms and additional repurposed industrial salvage into symbolic and dynamic man-made objects. These dichotomous entities come alive in response to one’s proximity and position within a space. The viewer is captured by an interactive, immersive experience through sophisticated programming from active sensors. The sculpture “sees” the viewer through facial recognition and 3D modeling software.
Without human interaction and participation in his work, there is no art. As stated in Japanese Koan philosophy; if one does not see or hear the tree fall, how does one know the tree actually fell? Rationality, logic, science fused with human emotion and intuition complete Joel Hobbie’s interactive sculpture art.