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College / University
Princeton University
Program / Degree
Art History with a minor in Studio Art
June 6, 1980
Member type
Artist, Critic
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting
I am...
a painter who enjoys the discipline of seeing with analytic intelligence. I realize this sounds paradoxical, but I try to use abstract painting, non-objective painting, whatever you want to call it, as a way to break down preconception. I think painting is more a process of unlearning than accumulating skill. At several points in my life, I have been rewarded with work, even occasionally my own, that surprises me, and changes the way I relate to my world.
About my artwork
I am devoted to process, which in my case involves layering light washes of color over one another for surprises in what emerges. I want to be surprised and at the same time I am very careful not to impose conceptual thinking any more than I can help it. Transparencies are a good way for me to avoid any synthesis of form as the previous layers are always apparent.
Artists I like
Donald Judd, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bronzino, Parmiginanino, Kuo Shi, Ni Tsan, Wang Meng, Jasper Johns, George Clinton (P-Funk), Giacometti, David Lynch, Henri Matisse, Gerhard Richter, Riopelle, Leo Tolstoy, James Joyce, Pynchon, Mu Chi, Art Crum, Delacroix, Courbet, Masaccio, The Ramones, Led
Zeppelin, De La Soul,Stan Brackhage, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, De Kooning, Frederick Olmstead, Borromini, Samuel Beckett and others
Buddhism, film, gardening, yoga, disasters, politics, science, IT, music of any genre or type and painting, of course
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
I enjoyed the early paintings of Milton Resnick at Cheim and Read in Chelsea, New York City
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, Berlin, Beijing

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At 13:31 on March 28, 2009, Carlos Scaranci said…
I am happy you liked the comment. Sorry, but I do not have anything going on in America, I would be so lucky. Keep in contact and let me know how things are going for you. By the way, how long you take to make each single painting?
At 18:58 on March 26, 2009, Carlos Scaranci said…
Hovey, your work makes me think about computer generated images, although they are very sensous due to over layers os clear paint. Very meditative and zen. Love it!
At 3:46 on October 22, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.


A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

To receive the Submission Form and bases

At 17:29 on June 9, 2008, ANSELMI said…
At 15:57 on June 3, 2008, Luke Gilliam said…
Hi Hovey, thanks for your comment! I sense you have a very upbeat approach to art (if you are influenced by George Clinton how could you not be)!

Yes I like very much to play with contrasts between lots of density (or lots of forms) all the way accross to no density or just simplicity. I think this comes a lot from listening to Bela Bartók and in some cases writing small arrangements of his melodies for saxophone.

I was sad that I could not recognise the Hungarian musician that you named as I like to research. For me my favourite music comes from Bela and also from the composer Liszt. This hits the spot. Also sorry that I don't know much about My Bloody Valentine (only heard the name). For me it's all about Bartók, Liszt, Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno........ the usual rambling of complete musical nut cases. Without music I can't paint.

I really like your work and how you talk about transparencies. Transparencies can be an excellent way to draw the viewer away from the main subject and towards ambiguity, inviting them to try to solve what it is they are looking at. It is deceptive but very clever. Speaking of transprancies have you seen of Miro's paintings where a primitive looking creature is layered with several washes and then repainted over again? It's like these creatures are actually crawling through the canvass! That stuff is worth getting out of bed for.

Best from Luke in UK :)
At 10:48 on June 3, 2008, Frank Fu said…
Interesting works!
Please check out my site

Frank Fu
At 3:05 on May 17, 2008, Hovey Brock said…
Wow! I can see that freedom means a good deal to your way of working. It seems that you find a kind of freedom in the gap between modernity and tradition. I concur, if that's the case, although I tend to cleave to modernity. Modernity allows us to say the following things about beliefs stuck in the past. Some words of Albert Einstein just came to light on the subject. Read below......

... The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the priviliege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolisation. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, ie in our evalutations of human behaviour. What separates us are only intellectual 'props' and `rationalisation' in Freud's language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes

Yours, A. Einstein.
At 7:55 on May 15, 2008, ania swiatlowska said…
thank you so much fo your kind opinion, im honoured to hear that:)
At 9:44 on May 14, 2008, ania swiatlowska said…
hi Hovey:) thank you for your nice comment, gives me wings:) yes, indeed im a big fan of polish poster art traditions, im impressed you know something about it! i love your works, very original with unique character! congratulations:)
At 15:24 on May 7, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi Hovey,

Welcome to artreview.com. Thankyou for sharing your work with us, it would be great to see some of your criticisms up on your profile, too...

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