January 31 – March 29, 2020
Banana Factory Hallway
Venue: Banana Factory Hallway
Artist Info - Will Hübscher
When the creative spirit of one’s soul is denied, the soul becomes prey to stress, chaos and confusion.
My creative endeavors began later in my life. 2000, the millennial year, held many unexpected changes for me, including the beginning of an artistic adventure that I am still on. After being diagnosed with cancer and the cascading events that followed, I had an unexpected self-realization about the direction my life was taking. And with a little help and support from my friends, and an experienced mentor, I began an odyssey that has taken many different directions, but still continues to this day, as an artist.
My art work is photography and photo-based monotypes that I create by assembling collages cut from vintage photographs and from my own photography, then running them through an etching press, transferring the images onto watercolor paper. Lately, I have been looking at my photographs as standalone pieces of art. After seeing a mandala created and then destroyed, I create still life’s using mostly objects from nature, photographing the pieces, then returning the pieces back to nature.
My ADHD went into full swing with this show. Many of my monotypes that I’ve not had a chance to exhibit are included, as well as my floral photographs in antique frames that I am working on now. The swings of ADHD keep me involved in various projects at once, as can easily be seen with this exhibition. The only thing I didn’t include was a two year foray into assemblage. Perhaps they’ll come out another time for some fun in my new studio.
Many of the monotypes in this show are from my Peregrination Nation series where I am finding a certain nostalgia for the past in old, worn and decaying photographs. These old photos, that I base my monotypes from, are always unattributed as to source. So I create my own visual reimagining of the original and create a new narrative through my unique print process. I feel that I am breathing new life into a heretofore forgotten past and creating a new memory to carry on.
I find the old, the broken, the decaying process of nature to be the most interesting and the most beautiful. Again, it’s a feeling of longing and nostalgia of the past. I remember sunny days working in the gardens of both my grandmothers, and their love of the earth, planting and growing flowers and vegetables, and utilizing their great bounty. But I also found that a flower’s bloom is not always nature at it’s finest, for there is also beauty in it’s decay as well. There is splendor within the flower’s wilting blooms, within the seeds, pods and leaves all in their unique stages of decomposition. Without the decay of one year, there would be no fresh beauty in the next.
So I am creating still lifes using mostly objects from nature, photographing the pieces, then returning the pieces back to the land. Each still life is carefully arranged in natural sunlight, using rotting boards and rusting metals as a backdrop, then photographing, rearranging, and photographing again many times until just the right essence of nature’s character is captured. And then it is sent back to the earth to feed the insects, birds and next year’s growth.
This is how my series of photographs and monotypes “Beautiful Decay” was created. In the past year I have concentrated on my photography but have created these images in my now recognizable and innovate style. I use a painterly palate of tones, textures and colors in my photography to bring out the essence in nature’s life cycle. I then frame these photographs in unique antique picture frames that I search for at flea markets, yard sales and antique malls. I refinish the frames to a certain extent, keeping their aged essence intact. Then I match the frame to an image, creating a final work of art that includes image and frame. I tend not to mat the photographs so they will blend into the frame undisturbed.
My artwork has been in shows and galleries from New York to Los Angeles, including solo exhibitions at both Lafayette College and Penn State University, as well as taking 2nd place out of 1,800 artists in Juxtapose magazine’s worldwide competition. My monotypes are in the permanent collection of City Center Allentown Corporation.
Venue InformationBanana Factory Hallway
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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