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Cheryl Hochberg

Cheryl Hochberg

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Boonton , NJ

Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is a New Jersey-based painter and printmaker. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Luce Center for Art and Religion (Washington, DC, 2020), Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT (2019), VisArts Center in Rockville, MD (2018), the Radford University Art Museum (2017), and the Allentown Art Museum (2015).
Artist residency programs are an integral part of Cheryl’s creative practice. In the past decade she has worked at the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base (Shenzhen, China), UCross (Clearmont, WY), Playa (Summer Lake, OR), Jentel (Banner, WY), The Studios at Key West (Key West, FL), and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA). In the fall of 2020 , she will be a resident STAR artist (Space Time Artist Residency) at Guttenberg Arts in Guttenberg, NJ.
Publications addressing Cheryl’s work include: Animals in Art: Mammals (Schiffer Publishing 2015), International Painting Annual (Manifest Press), New American Paintings (Open Studios Press), and Studio Visit Magazine. Her work has also been addressed in many online interviews and reviews. Her recent show at VisArts last year was reviewed by the Washington Post.
From 1990-2018, Cheryl Hochberg was a Professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, chairing the Department of Art and Art History from 2012-2017. In 2018, she took early retirement from academia with Professor Emeritus status to work full time as an artist.
Cheryl received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She currently works in her studio in the Manufacturers Village Studio Complex in East Orange, NJ.

Artist Statement

Over the past decade, my travels have provided the genesis for my studio projects. I mostly go where life takes me – residency opportunities, work obligations, and invitations from friends. The travel has created a sort of rolling process by which I spend time in places and bring back a great deal of both experience and photographic documentation, and then work with it in the studio or at the next residency, where I also gather new material for future work.
The common theme in my work/travel process is my fascination with ecosystems. By ecosystem, I mean any organism with complex internal interactions that grows up on its own, with no thought of me. The storks I saw in Morocco were an ecosystem, but so was the entire Chinese culture that I confronted at a recent residency in Shenzhen. There was a nature sanctuary near my Oregon residency that I repeatedly went to to watch the bird interaction. I’ve twice done residencies in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and there I was affected by the Indians on the nearby Crow reservation. I’ve learned over time how to be quiet and not assert myself, and to be a good listener – to listen not just with my ears, but with my eyes, my feet, and my head. When I’m in a new place, I never know what will speak to me, but I know something always will. Back in the studio, I reconstruct these places through compositing and collaging in ways that communicate not only their appearance but also their particular mood and underlying strangeness.

Indeed, all my works are composites, including paintings, prints, and installations. I make single images (and even objects) from multiple photographic sources. While the works look hyper-realistic from a distance, up-close, the constructed and fictitious nature of the work is evident. In my paintings, I do this by creating each layer of space on a different piece of paper and gluing them down, one on top of the other. I accomplish a similar quality in my prints by collaging inkjet photos printed onto washi paper into my woodcuts. In both cases, the results are images that are read in two steps – one where everything is real and believable, and the next where things become more subjective

My work comes together most fully in solo exhibitions where all of my individual pieces become actors in an installation format. I design and plan exhibitions for specific spaces (and audiences) as opportunities become available. Each exhibition is for me a chance to play out my ideas in ways that expand my repertoire of materials and techniques. One exhibition might call for a performance, while another needs a sculpture and a third needs a sound piece. Any format I use serves to help me report back on all I have heard and learned in my travels.

Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Joanna Anos
Cameron Bailey
Diana Behl
Laura Bigger
Annie Bissett
Denise Brady
Noah Breuer
Chandler Brutscher
Hunter Bryan
Anne Burton
Kyle Chaput
Paul Coldwell
Julian Davies
Barbara Duval
Meryl Engler
Drew Etienne
William Evertson
Thomas Faulkner
Enrique Figueredo
Jonathan Fisher
Floki Gauvry
Colin Gillespie
Jean Gumpper
Amy Haney
Melissa Harshman
Cheryl Hochberg
David Johnson
Nina Jordan
Wendy Ketchum
Sarah Kinard
Jun Lee
Charlene Liu
Jennifer Martin
KyeongAh Min
Brooke Molla
Steven Munoz
Kathleen Neacy
Mia O
Bonnie OConnell
Ali Osborn
Jager Palad
Endi Poskovic
Elizabeth Powell
Marilyn Propp
Eric Rewitzer
Mark Rice
John-Mark Schlink
Una Scott
Emmeline Solomon
Piotr Stachlewski
Valerie Syposz
Taro Takizawa
Adrian Tio
Roberto Torres
Catherine Wild
Josh Winkler
Una Scott
6/5/20 to 8/28/20
Print / Paper

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