Lee Hoag

"What A Blast" (2016), at the NTID Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, New York.


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

Informing and shaping these assemblage sculptures is a transformative process, object alchemy. Crafted from assorted objects taken from disparate origins, the emerging forms develop new relationships. All preconceived notions of function and meaning are challenged, perceptions altered. Each part manufactured for some other intended purpose, when all brought together, create a wholly changed and different conception of thought.

As each sculpture takes on its shape and comes to life, certain unanticipated opportunities are exploited. Amid a repertoire of reoccurring and transposable object parts, a developed rapport with the material, and an interplay of dialogue between the works, the elements of serendipity and surprise are allowed, striking balance between accident or plan, chance or intention. Giving attention to such formal concerns of form as: shape, line, surface, material, and scale, the essential ingredient remains---the transmutation of the object parts. An interplay of dialog develops between them. They devise into another language of ambiguous associations conjured from and tapping into unconscious mind, fit together and formed as an art object.

Meaning altered, transcendent of the utilitarian, mundane, and decorative, the new amalgamate forms become noble objects of contemplation, evocations of subconscious mind, catalysts of imagination luring interaction. While shaped by the hand of my personal aesthetic, they are left marked in some way by the viewer's own encounter, response, and interpretations---changed.