A beautifully puzzling incoherence pervades Ralph Hobbs’ solo exhibition The Canary in the Cage at Galerie pompom. There is an undeniable and unrestrained exuberance to a body of work that seems a series of brightly fleeting thoughts, delicately flickering illumination on some grander, hidden theme.
Each of the small paintings pack a condensed and poignant lyricism. In the larger work, there is a meandering ebb and flow that blurs the line between comprehensibly figurative and chaotically abstract. His birds are gentle and graceful focal points of natural beauty. His figures are a haunting recollection of a time long past. His found objects explode across the wall like a deconstructed Joseph Cornell assemblage sculpture. This feels like a disembodied dream of ancient statues and discarded objects, peopled by vivid birds.
Except from Jonathan Dalton’s exhibition essay, ‘THE CANARY IN THE COALMINE’
Sundays, 1pm to 5pm
Sunday 3 March to Sunday 17 March 2019