November 1, 2016
Tom Hubbard is speaking about Recoil, an iMOCA commissioned installation of ceramic guns imprinted with names of events, quotes from speeches, and writings about guns in contemporary American culture. In addition, Hubbard is showing pieces from this series at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show as would a gun manufacturer or show vendor. The artist will speak about the project and what was learned from this experience.
Recoil is currently on view at iMOCA at the Murphy until Nov. 19 and iMOCA at CityWay until Dec. 31, 2016. The presentation and catalogue are part of an artist residency sponsored by the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. NPN/VAN
About the Artist:
Tom Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist working on design, fine art and public art projects. His approach is rooted in his design training and the belief that the solution often comes from the problem. Through a process of inquiry, research and immersion, he explores, interprets and distills visual opportunities to reach solutions that are at once specific, unique and meaningful. As a result, Hubbard has produced work ranging from corporate identity systems and packaging to public art installations and exhibitions of photography, mixed media and ceramics. His work has been exhibited widely in both the U.S. and The Netherlands and is included in several private and corporate collections. In addition to his commission for iMOCA, he is working on several public art projects in both Cleveland and Columbus, OH
Tom Hubbard was born in San Francisco, CA and received a BFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Hubbard grew up in the Midwest and lived in New England as well as The Netherlands and Northeast Ohio before moving to Augusta, GA in 2016.
Through philanthropic support and partnerships, the NPN/VAN pursues its vision of “fostering diversity and artistic exploration, to integrate the arts into public experience, further artistic pluralism and act as an advocate for cultural equity and social justice. Its vision for the world is egalitarian, innovative and collaborative.”
Paula Katz writes in the catalogue that “Recoil is a long time in the making, not just in the literal labor to fashion it – a huge undertaking – but also through the social and historical place from which it draws context. While one could argue the gun control debate from which Recoil derives its framework goes back to the initiation of the Second Amendment, this detailed artwork leans more toward recent events.”
This project is made possible in part through support from the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network. Major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
iMOCA at the Murphy