This collection of new mixed media works on canvas represents a homecoming for Huber. Each work in this exhibition was inspired by a roadway intersection from his childhood hometown—specifically in material and formal qualities such as shape, color, and composition. In these works Huber utilizes materials such as concrete and blacktop along with oil paint to recreate surfaces of pavement that he has been photographing and cataloging for the last twenty years.
According to Huber: “Cement is the new cave wall: we still, and always are, primal beings with an immense desire to understand our environment around us. My work draws from that well; it draws a line between the motives of prehistoric cave art and our own attempts to order and decipher the modern urban environment. As humans we innately respond to mark making. My work explores this instinct and learned behavior by isolating specific segments of the environment that contain elements of abstracted visual language, and how that visual language shapes human interaction and helps us in understanding our modern environment.”
This project reflects the artist’s desire to capture and examine the language of mark making. Huber’s work explores how the handling of symbols, marks, shape, and color act as a direct mode of human communication and understanding. This relationship is what first drew Huber into art and has influenced his practice for so many years. For this body of work, he has dedicated himself to remaining true to the visions that initially pushed him into art-making.
Rochester Art Center exhibition catalog