Stephen Hobbs

Early in his career, Stephen Hobbs recognised the need to produce and publish across the disciplines of artistic production, curatorial practice and cultural management. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BAFA (Hons.) in 1994. He was the curator of the Market Theatre Galleries from 1994 to 2000. He has co-directed the artist collaborative, The Trinity Session, The Gallery Premises at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, from 2001 to 2008, and since 2004, has co produced a number of urban and network focused projects with Marcus Neustetter under the collaborative name Hobbs/Neustetter UrbaNet.

Through a committed practice of urban investigation and experimentation, focused particularly on Johannesburg since 1994, Stephen Hobbs has sustained a dialogue with urban space through video, installation, curated projects and, more recently, photography and sculpture. Hobbs is fascinated with the social and political changes in the city. He is passionate about Johannesburg. The city, for him, is an Aleph[1]. He says “If people would just give the city a chance they would see how much potential it has.”

His exhibition called Fool’s Gold, at David Krut Projects (2010), encourages the viewer to see the points in between the points. He exposes the multi-faceted potential the city holds, beyond what is obvious to the naked eye. He draws from the order and chaos exists within a city and encourages the viewer to engage with that by being imaginative and learning to see the infinite potential that exists within the city.

Hobbs has been involved in a series of projects, since 2010, relating to the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s building and its one hundred years of collecting art. He aims to interrogate the gap between the old and the new building in various ways, including a series of prints, which he created at DKW Arts on Main.

In October, 2014 Hobbs will present an installation of photographs at Carnegie Hall's, Zankel Hall as part of Carnegie Hall's Ubuntu festival, celebrating South African art and music.

[1] The Aleph is described, in a fictional short story By Jorge Luis Borges, as a point in space that contains more points. Anyone who gazes at it can see every angle of the universe simultaneously without distortion or overlapping.