NYFA MARK Alumni
Dave Hebb
Wastewater Runoff Pipe (video)
2009
Endless looping autoplay DVD
2.5 minutes - seamlessly looped for 30 minutes, repeating endlessly
Wastewater Runoff Pipe is a photographic and video series that sporadically documents a water treatment facility’s wastewater runoff pipe that empties into a local stream near Woodstock, NY. The continuous documentation over time and ceaseless flow of wastewater directly address the irreversible impact of suburban sprawl as it conflicts with a formerly pristine surrounding natural landscape. The video spans a time period from November 1st, 2008 to April 16th, 2009, and is meant to be projected outdoors directly onto manhole covers on streets and sidewalks as an infinite seamless loop, each loop lasting 2 1/2 minutes. This online version loops three times. The DVD loops seamlessly for 30 minutes, then autoplay repeats.

The Wastewater Runoff Pipe series is part of a larger ongoing metaseries called Timescapes, which is a collection of photographic and video series’ that document human interventions and seasonal changes in a landscape over long periods of time.

More work from this series, as well as other photographic, video and sculptural installation work can be seen on davehebb.com.

Artist's Statement

The natural environment, our industrial and technological infrastructure, and my place within them, are the focus of my work as a visual artist. Timescapes, my most recent body of work, uses photography and video to document the transformation of various landscapes over long spans of time. Questions about the long-term global impact that industrialized civilization has on the environment are framed within the context of my own rural surroundings in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This relationship with nature is investigated by examining long term natural effects on industrial artifacts within the landscape, such as a discarded computer monitor or sewer drainage pipe. I invite the viewer to contemplate their own relationship with nature as a formal meditation while also implying complicity in its destruction and ultimate responsibility for conserving natural resources and preserving what’s left of our natural environment.


About the Artist

Dave has lived, worked and taught throughout the U.S. and Iceland; where he visited as a Fulbright Fellow. His work has been exhibited throughout the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions of New York State, as well as across the U.S. and internationally in Iceland and Russia. Recent notable accomplishments include an outdoor public screening of my video “Monitor” at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and being selected to participate in the NYFA MARK 10 professional development program for artists. Currently he lives with his wife and family deep in the Catskills, in the small town of Phoenicia where he continues to contemplate, document and respond to his surroundings.

You can view more work by Dave Hebb or contact him directly through his website at davehebb.com.
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