Tweaking the mundane to create the bizarre, each of Aaron Hobson's images suggests a plot line for the imagination to fill in the blanks. He constructs his "cinemascapes" using multiple images, stitching them together to create a scene filled with small details that hint at a complex narrative.
Raised in industrial Pittsburgh but now based in a small Adirondack Mountain town near the Canadian border, Hobson has a keen eye for beauty in rural decay. "The best thing about living here is that you are forced to do something or you can go batty," Hobson says of life in rural upstate New York. "Living here I am always feeling the need to take things further and push my limits, and I think that is how cinemascapes came about."
While in some, Hobson's appearance is limited to a Hitchcockian cameo, in others he takes a starring role. "Shooting a simple shot wasn't enough," he explains. "I wanted to shoot multiple images and stitch them. Then I said, shit, why not go another step further and place a character in the scene—nd from there the narratives began."
You can catch his show until 30 September 2007, at 7444º Gallery in Saranac Lake, New York, where Hobson resides. In November, Cinemascapes will make its New York City debut at the Go Fish Gallery in Manhattan.
15 August-30 September 2007 28 Depot Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983 map
tel. 1 518 524 8207
1 November-5 December 2007
Go Fish Gallery
675 Hudson Street, 4N
New York, NY 10014 map
tel. 1 212 925 1111