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David Hochbaum: You Are Not Falling You Are Floating

Juxtapoz // Friday, 29 Jan 2010

David Hochbaum will be showing new works at Corey Helford this February in an exhibit called, “You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating.” More like total environments than one dimensional paintings, these works deserve a look in person.


For his second solo exhibition at Corey Helford gallery, Hochbaum creates unique work through a stunning mixed media display of paintings, photography, sculptures and an installation.


“You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” is an immersion into the surreal state of consciousness between being awake and asleep and the secrets about ourselves, which are revealed in our dreams. Hochbaum explains, “In dreams, all the secrets are revealed, truths are unveiled, not just the things which we mask in order to present ourselves as functioning, moral human beings amongst each other, but the building blocks which shape our character and desires. We gather these components of dreams from each other. It is a collaboration of human interaction. Our dreams are our collective voices, the voice of the universe.”


Historically, angels and demons have symbolized fears, passions, truths and desires in dreams. However, in his new collection of works, Hochbaum uses black dots hovering like satellites or symbiotic companions as well as handwritten text to represent these secrets of the subconscious. Through a large-scale series of floating, tumbling and cascading figures and sculptural works of towers, birds and spheres, “You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” captures this alternate reality. Hochbaum’s photo constructions take a more raw direction, combining untouched photo imagery with painted narratives.
Open to the public, the reception for “You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” will take place on Saturday, February 13 from 7 to 10pm.


Born in 1972, David Hochbaum was raised in suburban New City, New York. Feeling like an outsider, he connected with the energy and decadence of Manhattan. Hochbaum turned to art as a form of self-expression, and in 1990 attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he returned to New York where he currently resides in Manhattan. Hochbaum is known for his unique photo constructions — paintings built on photographs and images — which take on a sculptural quality. He has exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide, including McCaig-Welles Gallery and Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, London and New York. His works have been exhibited in Germany, France, Sweden, London, Italy, Belgium, Chile and the United States. Hochbaum’s work has been included in several art fairs such as Scope, Bridge Art Fair, Art 21 in Cologne and Fusion Five in Cannes. For more information about the artist, visit


Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Gary Baseman, Andrew Brandou, Coop, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. Notable shows include “Charity By Numbers”, which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit


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