Joseph Hubbard Print Biography
 
Artists Statement
 

My works have always involved satiric insights into social issues, mores, practices, and products. In style, they suggest surrealism, although not in the classic definition of being determined by dreams, naif art, child art, art of the insane, or tribal works.  One of the unique contributions of the Dadaists of the early 20th century was the inclusion of wit and multiple-entendres, both being very difficult to integrate into what are also very serious works. I labour at including other opposites: banality and sophistication, comedy and tragedy, surface realism and abstraction. These complexities, although arcane, do not render the work impenetrable. The realism that has at least one obvious interpretation is largely a hook to engage the viewer. Any wit or humour is intended to produce nervous laughter, which I regard as a kind of entropic verbalization, as valid as analytical insight. My work is often part of a continuing series, including the Semiotic Works, Inspirational Structures (high-rises to religious edifices), Consumerism, Sex & Morality, Obsolescence, Entropy & Mortality, and the interdependence of Time &Value (clocks and meters).

These mixed media works are constructed in a wide range of materials, from fibreglass, metals, wood, plastics, ceramics, and bricolage, (found technological detritus), to holography. This is not intended to be a technical tour-de-force but rather to build on ambiguities suggested by the media themselves. The irony is that the mimicry possible in different materials actually subverts reality. Some pieces use lights and/or sound as a material that satirizes by appropriating and stylizing only a snippet of experience. Objects are recreated in different media than their original substance as a way of challenging perceptions about the sculpture as an art object.

Entropy is often a theme in the work: the tendency of everything to break down, crack, spill, spoil, and disintegrate. A unifying subject is the exploration of Time, which several of

I  like the work of Robert Gober, Wim Delvoye, and art from the Fluxus movement, as well as the semiotic sensibilities of Ed Ruscha and Jenny Holzer.  My works often occupy relatively small, interior spaces in which they can be contemplated closely. In spite of all the concerns present in the work, I see no reason that my objects cannot function simultaneously as visual poetry with an elegant, if yet critical presence. This comment addresses that intention: What passes for avant-garde style today is mostly recycled and tired, a thrice-dipped tea bag.   There is not only a place, but a burning need for an art whose images are worldly, skilled, robustly embodied, and keenly felt. (Robert Hughes)
 
Biographical~Academic
 

I was born in Illinois, USA ,1945; entered Canada 1971; and acquired Canadian citizenship in 1974. The University of Illinois at Champaign granted me a BFA in Art History,1967, a BFA in studio art in 1969, and a Master of Arts degree, 1971. I tought at the University of Illinois before coming to Canada. I live and maintain a studio in  London, Ontario. 

 
Exhibitions
 
2011

ART GALLERY OF WINDSOR (scheduled solo)
The Elephant Is The Room
(works about art making, galleries, archiving)

2010

THIELSEN GALLERY,London, Ontario:
Works For the Visually Impaired
solo; introductory notes by Ihor Holubizky

2008

WOODSTOCK ART GALLERY,Ontario: Two Solo Exhibitions by Joseph Hubbard:
The Elephant Is The Room
(works about art making, galleries, archiving)
Selections From WMD's & Paranoia; introductory
notes by Dr. Madeline Lennon

2008 THE ART EXCHANGE, London, Ontario:
Art Mentors: 25 Years of Influence group
2008 McINTOSH GALLERY; London;
Recent Acquisitions in Context
2007

ST.THOMAS-ELGIN ART GALLERY; St. Thomas, Ontario:
WMD's and Paranoia : solo

2008

THAMES ART GALLERY; Chatham, Ontario:
WMD's and Paranoia
; solo

2007

CANADIAN CLAY AND GLASS GALLERY: Waterloo, Ontario: RETROSPECTIVE:
JOSEPH HUBBARD: 25 years of Provocative Questions ~ solo
(retrospective, plus installation works, performance piece,
catalogue: essays by Virginia Eichhorn, Gil McElroy and the artist
DVD by Canadian Art Productions

2007

STATION ART GALLERY; Whitby, Ontario:
Prohibited Areas and Non-Sites;
catalogue by Gil McElroy :(with Barb Hunt, Peter Dykhuis, Adrian Gollner, Sarah Beck)

 
Three public gallery exhibitions are currently scheduled between 2005-2006.
 
2006 McINTOSH GALLERY; London, Ontario, solo
2006 GALLERY LAMBTON; Sarnia, Ontario; solo
2006 ST.THOMAS-ELGIN ART GALLERY; St. Thomas, Ontario; solo
 
An exhibition tour of other public venues is being planned.
 
2005 THEILSEN GALLERY; London; solo
2002 GIBSON GALLERY; London; Miniatures
2000 THIELSEN GALLERY; London; Bealart Faculty Exhibition
1990-1994 Largest work: built the 42 foot sailing ketch Local Colour
1989 McINTOSH GALLERY; London; Bealart Faculty Exhibition
1988 FOREST CITY GALLERY/ McINTOSH GALLERY/LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY; Homage Ë Marcel Duchamp
LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY; Sculpture: 20 By 20
VERBOTTEN; Kenneck Building; Protest Exhibition; London
1987 KAMEN GALLERY; Toronto; solo
LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY; Prime Source
1986 McINTOSH GALLERY; London; The Many Faces of Contemporary Art

1985
1984

LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY; The Artists Collect
LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY; Works On Paper; curated group
1984 ART GALLERY OF TROIS RIVIRES, QUEBEC National Biennle of Ceramic Sculpture
THIELSEN GALLERY; London; solo
McINTOSH GALLERY; London; two artists; w/ Gerald Trottier
CENTRE BONSECOURS; Montr?al; two artists; w/ Alain Tremblay
VALOURIS; France; Centre de Picasso; International Biennale of Ceramic Sculpture
BARBARA SILVERBERG GALLERY; Montreal
1983 ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO; Toronto Dealers Select
TATAY GALLERY; Toronto; solo
THIELSEN GALLERY; London; solo
ROTHMANS of PALL MALL EXHIBITION
AUBERGE DU PETIT PRINCE; London; solo
TRAJECTORY GALLERY; London; solo
1982 ART GALLERY OF WINDSOR; Southwest 42
AUBERGE DU PETIT PRINCE; London; solo
1981 RODMAN HALL; Ontario Society of Artists ; St.Catherines;
AUBERGE DU PETIT PRINCE; London ; solo
1980 ROYAL BANK OF CANADA; Ontario Society of Artists; Toronto
1979 ALTHOUSE COLLEGE; University of Western Ontario; London
HARRIS GALLERY; London; solo
 

Public gallery collections include Museum London, the McIntosh Gallery, and private collections in Ontario, British Columbia, Montreal, New York, Vermont, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska. Work in foreign countries includes Mexico, England, & Holland.

 
Joseph Hubbard has been reviewed in exhibition catalogues and in the Toronto Star; The Toronto Globe and Mail; Montréal La Presse; Montréal Le Devoir; Montreal Gazette; London Free Press; Ontario Craft; and Fusion Magazine. The artist is represented in numerous public and private collections in Ontario; Toronto; Vancouver; Montr?al; Chicago; Vermont; New York California, England.