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Opening Reception Saturday, May 10th  6 - 9 pm
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THOMAS HUBER
Opening the Circle

May 10 - June 8, 2014

Opening Reception for the Artist
Saturday, May 10th  6 - 9 pm
 
Thomas Huber, Want, 2013, mixed media on panel, 24 x 40 in diptych
Beacon, NY - Theo Ganz Studio is pleased to present Opening the Circle,  an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Thomas Huber.  On view at 149 Main Street in Beacon from May 10 through June 8, 2014, Opening the Circle is the artist's first exhibition with the gallery.  Huber's work has been shown locally and throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and beyond.
The recent works, completed in 2013 and 2014, include paintings ranging in size from 36 x 48 inches and smaller to several 11 x 14 inch framed collages.  As a whole they represent a cohesive and poetic body of work from an artist who is known for his lyrical, light-filled fields of color and mixed media compositions.  Moving in closer to any particular work, the viewer's eye travels from one notation and image to the next, in a dance-like journey of discovery where they may stop and linger wherever and whenever they please.  Somewhere along this journey they will find the title of the painting.
Thomas Huber, The Sound of Magnolias Blooming,  2013, mixed media on panel, 20 x 20 in
 Building up the layers in a seemingly random and spontaneous manner, Huber collages in sketches, receipts, notations and photos, "mostly made by others," in a juxtaposition of botanical and domestic references.  He uses "photo transfers, acrylics, venetian plaster, wax and varnish to create layers of organic and architectural forms that flow in and out of each other revealing recognizable and semi-recognizable images and words." 
Huber grew up in Buffalo and moved to New York City to attend The School of Visual Arts from which he graduated in 1986 with a BFA with Honors.  Afterwards, he remained in New York City and began working with performance artist Yoshiko Chuma in her production The Housing Project.  This led to several performance projects in the nineties, "most notably with the infamous House-O-Pork who performed at such venues as PS 122, La Mama, Hallwalls, Jacob's Pillow and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut."
Thomas Huber, Emerge,  2013, mixed media on paper, 9 x 12 in (11 x 14 framed)
Thomas Huber, Larva, 2013, mixed media on paper, 9 x 12 in (11 x 14 framed)
More recently Huber has begun to collaborate with Matt Frieburghaus and Laura Kaufman in a performance group called decomposer.  The first event, Many Centers One Song, took place at Saunders Farm Project on August 31, 2013 as part of Collaborative Concepts' annual exhibition of outdoor sculpture and performance.  The piece involved 34 players who improvised with various instruments in a cow pasture.  "Players had to listen to others, play along and watch where they stepped."  Decomposer will perform at Saunders Farm in Garrison, New York on Saturday, August 30, 2014. 
The artist has produced a full-color catalogue to accompany the exhibition with a foreword - Opening the Circle -  by Carl Van Brunt who discusses the influences of John Cage on Huber as a visual and performance artist and the connection between the two.
 
decomposer, Many Centers One Song, 2013, Saunders Farm, Collaborative Concepts     Photographs by Max Yawney
Theo Ganz Studio is a contemporary art gallery located in Beacon's west end.  For further information on Thomas Huber and his work, please visit the website theoganzstudio.com or contact Eleni Smolen at 917.318.2239.  The gallery is open Friday through Sunday 12 - 5 pm and by appointment.
Thomas Huber, Circulation, 2013, mixed media on panel, 36 x 48 in
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