Scott Hocking | Retrograde: Detroit

November 19, 2022 - February 18, 2023
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Press release
Scott Hocking, was born in Redford Township, Michigan in 1975 and has lived and worked in Detroit since 1996. A sixth-generation Detroiter, he descended from a long line of Baltic Polish immigrants and Cornish copper miners who settled in Michigan’s copper harbor. Hocking creates site-specific installations, sculptures and photographs, often using found materials and neglected locations. Inspired by subjects ranging from ancient mythologies to current events, he focuses on transformation, ephemerality, chance, and the cycles of nature.
Hocking’s installations are interventions into urban and rural landscapes, forlorn structures, and even within the confines of a gallery’s white walls. Often combining rubble and detritus with mythological references and mysticism, his installations look to shared historical interpretations of life and death cycles
Hocking’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Crystal Bridges Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, The Mattress Factory Museum, the Van Abbemuseum, Kunst-Werke Institute, Kunsthalle Wien and the Lille 3000 Triennial, Lille, France.
Scott Hocking is a recipient of the prestigious 2022 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship.  Previous awards received include the Kresge Artist Fellowship, the Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, as well as residential grants in France, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Scott Hocking is represented by David Klein Gallery, Detroit.