Todd Hebert Ebb and Flow
Opening September 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm
Artist’s Talk September 7 (Saturday) noon
Through October 29, 2013 EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Todd Hebert is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (BFA) and The Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). His work has been featured in public museums and private galleries nationwide, including The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, Pepperdine University, The Riverside Art Museum and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Frederick R. Weisman Collection. A survey exhibition of Hebert’s work was mounted at the North Dakota Museum of Art in 2012 and he will be included in the upcoming Thames and Hudson publication Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition.
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In Ebb and Flow Todd Hebert presents paintings and works on paper that exemplify the optical play that has become a consistent feature of his pictures. The work also showcases the revival of subject matter that he has not used in almost a decade. Using acrylic paint in combinations of traditional brush and airbrush techniques Hebert matches precise detail with areas of soft focus. The resulting interplay of spatial planes challenges easy looking and lends ambiguity to his seemingly commonplace temporal motifs. In the exhibition, imagery familiar to Hebert’s recent work such as jack o’lanterns and electricity generating windmills hold court alongside subjects he’s used in the past, including plastic water bottles and glaciers. Regarding the recurrence of imagery in his work, Hebert says, “Like the seasons, much changes yet so much stays the same.” This sort of relationship between movement and stasis, in both the visual and conceptual make-up of the work, has been a persistent theme for Hebert and it looms large in the milieu of Ebb and Flow.