Sunday, July 8, 2018

Over/Time: Imaging Landscape

Once again, it has been a long time since I have posted. My exhibition, Over/Time: Imaging Landscape, opened last week at CAM Raleigh, and the images I posted here two years ago have gotten a new life in this exhibition - there is an entire wall of small crosses, printed onto metallic paper, and a long wall of two large crosses, 60" square, printed onto aluminum. There are a number of other pieces in the show. Here are some.

And here is the link to the video piece:

https://vimeo.com/278861054

I am indebted to Eric Gaard, Exhibitions Director at CAM, who, 16 months ago, saw something deep in my work and, along with Gab Smith, Director of CAM, offered me this exhibition.

And, as always, to George Lawson, who commissioned and showed many of these pieces in his gallery in San Francisco, my deepest thanks.

Here is the link to the LENSCRATCH feature about the show. Grateful to Aline Smithson who runs this amazing daily photo journal.

http://lenscratch.com/2018/07/tama-hochbaum/



































































































































































Friday, August 5, 2016

A Whole New Portfolio

It has been so many months since my last post that I have moved in a very new direction. At the same time, it is a return, of sorts. I am, once again, photographing trees. I have moved out of the house, where I photographed, for years, the TV broadcasting the movies that my mother loved, into the world at large. I have photographed the landscape before, and painted it as well, for 20 years or more. Now, however, I am photographing the world on my daily walks, and presenting the world in a cross. The cross has numerous connotations, most commonly, religious; it is the basic icon of Christianity. For me, a Jewish girl from New York, that is not what the cross stands for. It has an art historical resonance - my first encounter with art history was in an Italian Renaissance class at Brandeis University with Ludovico Borgo. There, in the dark of the classroom, the first images to come up on screen were the crucifixes of Giotto and Ducio and Cimabue. The memory of that moment is, I feel, the generator of my use of the cross. That, and the way it insists on the simultaneity of the now and the passage of time - the vertical states the now, I am here, the horizontal, time passing. I have long been interested in the manifestation of the passing of time. In these crosses I continue this investigation. The symmetrical cross that I use stands also for latitude and longitude; turn it 45 degrees and it is the female x chromosome, and the marker of location, the note of where one is, the mark of personhood (sign with an x). It is also the icon in pre-Christian time for light, denoting the crossing of sticks one would do to make fire. The connotations are many and wide-ranging.

And the trees? Well, that's me, once more. Hoch Baum in German is High Tree. Tamar, my Hebrew name, translates as date tree. There is no doubt I am a tree. These pieces are, in the end, self-portraits.


























































































Monday, November 9, 2015

Many Days Later...

... months, in fact.

Installations at University Place.
1250 square feet of images.
2 1/2 weeks from envisioning to completion.
Yes, 2 1/2 weeks.










































Monday, May 18, 2015

Walking Images

Both at night and during the day. Either blended or straight. Including a visit to the Ackland where I saw my favorite painting, by Bronzino.













































Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Post NY and LA Post

I have been to NY and LA for the launch of Silver Screen.
Here are some photos from the plane, taking off for, flying to, approaching LA.