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Title

High


Artist

Rebecca Ann Hobbs

Australia

1976 -


About

Born in Townsville, Queensland, Rebecca Ann Hobbs studied at the Californian Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles in 2005, after completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She is currently living and working in New Zealand.

Hobbs has won several awards including the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (2002) and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and Los Angeles since 2000 notably ‘Vertigo’, PICA, Perth and ‘Perfect for every occasion’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne both 2007.

‘Up with the fall, down with the diagonal’ seems less constructed than her previous work but on closer scrutiny is just as carefully stage managed. The subject has receded further from the foreground making actions more difficult to decipher. Some of this series consist of apparently simple inversions or tilts but others are more clearly odd. ‘High’ for example shows a man climbing a Nikau palm on a steep windswept slope. ‘Slip 'n slide’ shows a ragged line of people approaching a large enclosed circular slide but they might as well be approaching the gallows. These enigmatic images constantly escape the rational and, as Jeff Khan notes: ‘The sheer strangeness of many of Hobbs’ photographs, contrasted with their earnest references to the everyday, provides an arresting hook, seeking to ensnare viewers in an interpretative game of second-guessing and confused realities.’ [‘un Magazine’ 6, 2005]

Hobbs plays with the medium and its documentary possibilities using photography to record the mundane in all its glorious possibilities.


Details


Dates

2006
printed 2008


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

lightjet print


Edition

1/10


Dimensions

50.0 x 50.0 cm image


Signature & date

Signed and dated label l.r. verso, black ink "... Rebecca Ann Hobbs/ ... 2006/ ...".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

254.2008


Artist information

Rebecca Ann Hobbs

Works in the collection

2