In his most significant shift to date, Hubbell has expanded upon the principles of Abstract Expressionism in entirely new ways. Presented here for the first time, Hubbell’s latest series of paintings reconstruct the canvas in reference to textile, shawl, blanket and medicine bags, transforming his medium and the context in which it is viewed.
For Hubbell, an Indigenous artist, living and working between Chicago and the Navajo Nation, these experimentations with methods of painting and display move beyond the question of aesthetics, reflecting ideas of identity and categorization. Exploring the concepts propagated by postwar Ab-ex painters such as automatic drawing, and Indigenous beliefs of the translation of self through the record of hand, Hubbell’s work is a mediation between Diné philosophy and contemporary western aesthetics and ideologies.
Hubbell’s work has been exhibited at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY; and in numerous public and private collections. In 2017, Hubbell was awarded a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He is currently in candidacy for his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.