HOBSON Steeltown, 2007
Opening reception for the artist:
Saturday, September 13, from 7 to 10 pm
drkrm.gallery is pleased to announce the west coast premiere exhibition
of photographs by Aaron Hobson.
Raised in industrial Pittsburgh but now based in a small Adirondack
Mountain town near the Canadian border, photographer Aaron Hobson has
a keen eye for beauty in rural decay. Hobson has created a series of
images that have gained international attention with their original
and unique approach to the traditional genre of panoramic photography.
Cinemascapes are a hybrid between autobiography and fiction, with
Hobson himself always in the star role. They are at times, haunting
and scandalous, other times inspiring, but always come across as closely
personal. Reflective of his 30 years of experiences, emotions, and challenges
throughout his life, Hobson creates images that not only viscerally
and visually grab the conscious mind, but also linger in the viewer's
imagination and memory.
panoramics from 4-5 sequential vertical images allows the viewer’s
eye to explore shifting focal planes and become immersed into a scene
full of unsuspecting details and hidden plots more than a single frame
could suffice. Each image seemingly captures a moment in time that poses
many questions, not the least of which is what's going on here?
Hobson has had solo exhibits in NYC and London, and has growing list
of collectors from around the world. Articles and reviews of his work
have appeared in over 15 languages in over 24 countries from every major
continent, except the one covered in ice. He
was a featured photographer in the 2008 photo issue of Juxtapoz
e-magazine from China and the subject of an eight page article in Urban
Salir Magazine. (Spain, May '08)
Cinemascapes was nominated for Best Fine Art series
at the inaugural NYC Photo Festival and, most recently,
was awarded Honorable mention in Fine Art as well as in
the Deeper Perspectives category for the same work at the International
Photography Awards (IPA | Lucie Awards)
to an original approach to panoramic genre photography, his "cinemascapes"
emit a near-Lynchian atmosphere. Hobson minutely constructs his narrative
canvases and combines multiple exposures in final images that, distorted,
call upon our imaginations' need to fill in the blanks and ellipses
of mysterious scenarios."
- Eve Therond, article in PHOTO
"... is a small masterpiece of technique and visual writing as
are the other works of this artist, who is one of the best talents in
America. Not to miss his website."
Repubblica, (Italy '07. excerpt translated from Italian)
"When I first saw Aaron Hobson’s work, I fell for it right
away. The pictures are very immediate—there’s no work to
get into them, they’re familiar for anyone who’s spent time
picking around America’s rust belt, but you linger for a while
and notice the care with details and composition."
- Interview with Rosecrans Baldwin, The
aaron hobson: cinemascapes
Hardcover 10x8 inches 74 pages