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STEPHEN HOBBS: D’URBAN (article first published : 2008-05-12)

The KZNSA Gallery is to host an exhibition by Stephen Hobbs titled D’Urban which forms the second in a three-part trajectory of city specific projects.

For Stephen Hobbs – whose work predominantly has been imbedded in urban investigations though the moving image and photography – each of these projects presents an opportunity to explore through sculpture and installation the urban phenomena figured in his photographic work.

His preoccupations with the visionary in architecture, the precariousness of construction, the city as contradiction, are explored through a range of mixed media sculptural and assemblage works. Extending the conceptual and formal language of the works produced for HighVoltage/LowVoltage at the Wits Substation (Johannesburg, 2007, the first in this three-part trajectory), Stephen Hobbs will present a new body of works responding specifically to the architectonic properties of the KZNSA Gallery.

Early on in his career, Stephen Hobbs recognised the need to produce and publish across the disciplines of artistic production, curatorial practice and cultural management. He graduated from Wits University with a BAFA(Hons) in 1994 and was the curator of the Market Theatre Galleries (Johannesburg) from 1994 to 2000.

In 2001, with Kathryn Smith and Marcus Neustetter, he formed the artists collective The Trinity Session. Since 2001 the Trinity Session has directed the purpose built Gallery Premises at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre; an artist run space focusing on emerging artists production and development. Together with Marcus Neustetter, recent projects include digital discourse and design consultation for Africa Remix at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Urbanet:Hillbrow/Dakar for the University of Johannesburg Gallery and The Colour Line exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

As a visual artist Stephen Hobbs draws on urban vocabularies of images and signs to point to the city¹s transformative spatial qualities. He has worked with video, photography and installation to record and represent seemingly invisible data such as human interaction, meeting points and traces of flux in city spaces. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Europe and the USA.

D’Urban runs at the KZNSA Gallery from May 13 (opening at 17h30) until June 8. The KZNSA is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, email: curator@kznsagallery.co.za or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za

Stephen Hobbs’s exhibition titled “High Voltage” will run concurrently at the Bank Gallery




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