Michael Hubbard
While my work varies greatly in form and appearance from one project to another, all of it involves an exploration of the transient nature of painting. I believe that painting’s finest quality is its ability to simultaneously be an object and an image, both tactile and ephemeral. My paintings, installations and video projects playfully explore this quality, their focus constantly oscillating between the act of painting (both historically and in the present), the object itself, and the illusion it presents. The work also navigates tricky routes between truth and fiction, where the physical paint generally represents truth, and the illusion is usually fiction. I take a defiant pleasure in confusing these distinctions by including paintings within paintings and fictions within fictions, sometimes hinting at the possibility of deeply buried truths.