photography and collage
Hochbaum is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide range of technique. His love for process brings together traditional darkroom photography with painting, printmaking and collage to create a textured tableau layered with color, text and imagery. His dedication to the unique print persists with his digitally produced images incorporating hand coloring, inscribed text, homemade encaustic and custom built frames which insure that every piece becomes a one of a kind. His sculptures are an extension of his imagery bringing his vision to a furthered textural dimension. His passion for construction and experimentation keeps his work spontaneous while solidly planted within his unique voice. Hochbaum's output is centered on the power of myth and memory. But to understand his work, one must understand that the myths he explores have little to do with the gods and monsters of antiquity. Hochbaum incorporates the ideas, ideologies and iconography of his vivid dreams and recollections with the lives seen on the streets to create a new mythology. These visceral stories attempt to explain visually the unknown elements and intricacies of modern life. It is the desire to communicate the lessons of this mythos with all of humanity in a common, unmistakable tongue which drives Hochbaum's efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, photography and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.