Image credit: Leigh Hobba, Any Which Way (video still), 2007. Video installation, silent. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
ANY WHICH WAY
29 February to 2 August 2020
Leigh Hobba is a very significant artist in the development of Australian video art as both a teacher and as an artist.
Leigh Hobba has exhibited extensively since 1976. His experimental performances and videos were first exhibited at Adelaide’s Experimental Art Foundation in the mid-1970s. For thirty years Hobba taught video and new media practice at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart. Hobba has exhibited widely internationally, including at the Biennale de Paris, Biennale of Sydney, Fotofeiss, Scotland and the Centre International Creation Video at Montbeliard, France.
Hobba’s work has both simplicity and uniqueness. His work demonstrates a capacity to distil the elements that go to make up our feeling of ‘presence’ and ‘being’. We don’t need to necessarily understand his work; “we just need to experience and to register its effect in our bodies”.