NYFA MARK Alumni
Dave Hebb
Hillside Billboard #2
April 22nd, 2010
pigmented inkjet print
8.5 in. x 11 in. and 13 in. x 19 in.
Hillside Billboard is an ongoing series of photographs of blank billboards found in rural settings. It 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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