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Alex Hubbard

Nicole Klagsbrun

In his seminal 1956 essay “The Legacy of Jackson Pollock,” Allan Kaprow praises Pollock’s use of everyday materials, noting that his “so-called dance of dripping” is ultimately more interesting and influential than his canvases themselves. “Pollock, as I see him,” writes Kaprow, “left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life. . . . Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.” More than fifty years later, these ideas resonate in the feverish videos of Brooklyn-based artist Alex Hubbard, who assembles, manipulates, and ultimately destroys elaborate painterly surfaces made from everyday objects.

In the five videos that comprised the bulk of his first New York solo show, Hubbard uses flowers, balloons,

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