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Michael Hambouz: Drank the Water
July 12, 2018 - September 1, 2018
With a long history of figurative narrative portraiture work, New York City-based Hambouz is currently known for his unique use of multiple-mediums, multi-dimensional perspectives, layering, and shadows as tools to capture profound experiences and complex information. Hints of familiar shapes peek through radiant hues and kinetic forms to elicit a sense of connectivity when documenting: dreamt narratives involving known and unknown acquaintances and interiors; channeling the energy and spirit of loved ones through experimental method-studies; and capturing overwhelming environments through an empathic lens. His ever-evolving process involves a constant curiosity with new materials and techniques, the implementation of sequential steps and rules, and the desire to dive into unfamiliar territories filled with problems to be solved.
The Village of Yellow Springs takes its name from a natural spring located in the nearby Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which is rich in iron ore, leaving a yellowish-orange coloring on the rocks. Legend has it that if you drink from the spring you will always return. In the fall of 1995, freshman art student Michael Hambouz ’99 drank the water. And true to legend, Hambouz will return to his beloved alma mater with an exciting and vibrant exhibition of works spanning over two decades. The artist will generously donate 30% of all sales towards future art programs at Antioch College.
Hambouz has had solo and two-person exhibitions in New York City with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), chashama/The Durst Organization, Calico Gallery, Kayrock, and The Krasl Art Center in Michigan. He has participated in select group exhibitions at Maya Hayuk’s GROWROOM // SHOWROOM, The National Arts Club, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society and benefit auctions at Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, and Pioneer Works. His work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Vice, Create! Magazine, and Design Milk.