ALEX HUBBARD: EAT YOUR FRIENDS
English edition Fall 2015 Perfect binding with plastic dust cover
156 pages, color (150 ill. + 4 original collage transparencies)
220 x 305 mm / 8.66 x 12 inches
Design: Alexandra Ruiz
Alex Hubbard’s first comprehensive monograph, Eat Your Friends is also an artist’s book.
In Alex Hubbard’s videos, kinetic paintings or sculptures look like martial arts movies, slow motion disaster videos, or snuff paintings about paintings. If wire work and kung fu make wire fu, imagine what cinematic effects can do to painting. Hubbard’s videos suggest painting as a backdrop to a film and as a mechanical sleight of hand manufactured with the aid of a camera. Hence the celebratory debris in Alex’s videos: glitter, confetti, champagne corks, circular saws (as soundtrack), cymbals, and spray paint. –Tan Lin
His work takes on the complexity of every move in its own moment, time-stamped, often in a slew of single takes. The present tense in artmaking—a contradistinction in a period when gesture itself has become so heavily weighted and overladen with meaning. –Jay Sanders
Eat Your Friends includes an essay on Hubbard’s work in video by Jay Sanders; a poetry lesson in four parts created for Alex by poet Tan Lin; and a comprehensive conversation on the artist’s practice with Debra Singer. Featuring a sequence of video stills printed on transparent inserts, created by the artist especially for the publication.
Alex Hubbard was born in 1975 in Toledo, Oregon. He is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Working in painting, sculpture, and video, Hubbard blurs the distinctions between different media by exchanging the rules that govern them. An interest in gesture, layered compositions, objects as tools, immediacy and restlessness, and playfulness can be found in all of his works. Working with his own idiosyncratic processes in a multifaceted studio environment where one body of work often serves as the forerunner to the next, Hubbard has created pigmented urethane casts with a homemade oven, crafted one-person barrooms from shipping crates, and spliced together painterly images in dynamic video works—to highlight just a few of his most recent projects.
Solo gallery exhibitions of his work include Maccarone, Los Angeles (Maccarone, New York (2010, 2013), Standard Oslo, Oslo (2013), and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (2014). One-person institutional exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); Midway Contemporary Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); The Kitchen, New York (2010); and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts (2014).