Lee Hoag

Smack Dab, shown here, and other new and past works of twenty-five years can be seen at my current exhibition, "HOAG/25 Years," at RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center, Ohringer Gallery, October 6 - November 18, 2017. The opening reception will be Friday, October 20th was a great success! If you're in the Western New York area, come see the show!

Art is a work of magic —between the artist and the artwork, between the artwork and the viewer.

Drawn from unconscious mind —myth, magic, and mirth are innate elements coloring and texturing these surreal, often whimsical forms. Exploiting certain unanticipated opportunities in collecting for and creating these assemblage sculptures, allowance for serendipity and surprise strikes balance between accident or plan, chance or intention. Crafting together from a collection of disparate object parts, combined as the components for new amalgam forms, the objects are collectively reshaped —both in physicality and assigned meaning— through a transformative process, object alchemy.

Within emerging forms, new relationships develop. All preconceived notions of function and meaning are challenged by novel configurations, perceptions alter. Each part manufactured for some other intended purpose, when all brought together, create a wholly changed and different conception of thought. The invented forms seem to possess the uncanny.

Meaning recast, innuendo permitted, transcendent of what is utilitarian, mundane and decorative, they become evocations of subconscious expression, catalysts of imagination luring interaction —physical or in thought. While shaped by the hand of my personal aesthetic intention, they are marked in some way by the viewer’s own encounter, response, and interpretations —changed.