Julian Hoeber

Region: Pacific Coast

My work explores the structural and biomorphic, the mathematical and intuitive. My largest body of paintings is titled Execution Changes. Here I aim to reconcile contradictions between conceptual art, geometric abstraction, and the aesthetic tropes of expressionistic painting. Op art and the conceptual strategies of the ‘60s and ’70s (such as the work of Sol LeWitt) provide a strategic point of departure in my investigation of irregularities within a given set of formal operations. I have devised a mathematical system to create paintings, and I then play in the system’s gaps. I push the limits of my system by altering the way it is executed to see if it will break apart or hold together. The results of this inquiry are a series of geometric paintings overtaken by the encrusted, fleshy surfaces of abstract expressionism.