Utilising painting, drawing and sculptural processes, Anthony Huber’s work examines the tension between erosion and reconstruction. Of particular interest is the strain in visceral conflicts between utilitarian materials such as construction detritus and art materials.
Huber explains: “Formally my work speaks to our natural human tendency to find patterns, and our predilection to match what we see to what we know. I seek to define patterns in the compositions that intimate a sense of balance within a process yet can also appear as haphazard, experimental and physical in nature. Stripped of unnecessary information, my intention is to make paintings that are aesthetically pleasing, yet retain disquieting factors that engage the viewer at a primal level.
While materiality and abstraction are central formal elements in my work, the conceptual focus of temporality and environment intersect to unmoor traditional notions of the medium of painting. I am intrigued by the notion of “urban wabi-sabi,” the traditional Japanese aesthetic underpinned by the acceptance of transience and imperfection joined with the physicality and conceptual processes found in damage and repair and the building up and wearing down of the urban surface.”