Sept. 3: Sculptor to discuss work
Visiting scholar Cameron Hockenson to speak at Studio Arts Building
1:07 p.m., Aug. 29, 2014--Visiting scholar Cameron Hockenson will discuss his work during a lecture to be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Room 101 of the University of Delaware’s Studio Arts Building, 61 N. College Ave.
The talk is free and open to the public.
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An artist from California who teaches in Greece, Hockenson is working on a project in sculpture that is to be exhibited in Washington, D.C., as part of the District’s 5x5 Project.
During the summer, he has been working on a project in the sculpture area of UD’s Studio Arts Building.
“The work is monumental and addresses nature, various cultures and, to say the least, it is spectacular,” said Robert Straight, professor of art.
Through August, Hockenson worked with UD bachelor of fine arts student Cristian Vitale, a 2014 Plastino Scholar who has been invited to show his own work in Agentina.
"As a young emerging artist, the opportunity to work with Cameron has undoubtedly thought me a new set of skills, when it comes to building large-scale objects and the awareness for public art,” Vitale said. “But more than this, I was able to converse with someone who lives fully committed to his work, as we continually engaged in the issues that motivate what we make. A valuable experience for someone trying to become their own voice when it comes to art."
About the artist
Initially studying architecture, Hockenson was influenced by the theories of Christopher Alexander, the critiques of design by Bernard Rudofsky and the work of landscape memorialists, including Maya Lin.
His sculpture adapted the material sensibilities of British land artists, evolving to embrace diverse human and non-human vernaculars in the environments where he works.
Hockenson has shown works at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the Luggage Store Gallery, both in San Francisco and the Marin (California) Museum of Modern Art.
Through materials, context and performative walks, Hockenson's site-specific practice engages issues of biocultural diversity as a unique answer to the question of place.
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