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.

At the core of my work and practice is a keen awareness and attraction to observed parallels between simple elements and developed, complex forms. As natural structures and man-made forms fuse, there is allusion to subtle, implicit bonds. The linking together of diverse elements gives rise to new unexpected relationships. Preconceived notions of function and meaning are challenged by new configurations, while the invented forms seem to possess uncanny familiarity.

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 from a collection of disparate object parts, combined as the elements for new amalgam forms, the objects are collectively reshaped---both in physicality and assigned meaning---through a transformative process, object alchemy. Drawn from unconscious mind--myth, magic, and mirth are innate elements coloring and texturing these surreal, often whimsical forms.

Meaning altered, 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.