Jonathan Hobin: IN THE PLAYROOM

01_The TwinsJonathan Hobin: IN THE PLAYROOM
July 29th – September 11th, 2011
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept 10th @ 7pm
Reception ends Sept 11th @ 12:01am.

Drawing from iconic literary, cinematic and historical references as well as from popular culture, Hobin’s photography explores the darker, or at the very least, the troubling aspects of childhood, imagination and storytelling. “In the Playroom” is a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media. The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in his images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play.