New York

Alex Hubbard

Gallery-C at Team

Alex Hubbard has described the action that takes place in several short videos he has made over the past few years as “Buster Keaton on a tabletop.” To make these works, the artist employs an overhead view onto a table to document the assembly, rearrangement, and subsequent destruction of objects—recalling the welter of bodily harm that awaits Keaton whenever he appears on-screen. Casting the materiality of art in the leading role as he captures this flurry of activity, Hubbard adeptly rifles through a catalogue of modernist references that extends to the flatbed effects, scatter strategies, and displays of entropy found in the work of artists as diverse as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Smithson, and Barry Le Va. By adding Foley sound effects appropriated from film, television, and online sources, he arrives at a jarring, slapstick style that repeatedly underscores the

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