Hubert Dobler “Roundabout2”
Situated at the intersection of technology and art, my work revolves around chaos and utilizes “masculine tools,” such as motorcycles, chainsaws and concrete drums, recording the traces these machines generate when allowed to exist outside their conventional use. By taking apart and rearranging objects out of context, I examine the emotional and visceral ties that the viewer may experience when machines are abandoned and operate in an unrestrained fashion. Roaring, bucking and crashing, my machines highlight the power and energy trapped inside everyday technology. I expose the raw power and free spirit inherent in engines and motors.
ROUNDABOUT2 is an exploration of kinetic Objects. Two motorcycles that are “tied” together circle each other. Like caged animals, the bikes are on display, performing their trick on repeat. Madly spinning, the throttles are wide open and the bikes release all of their stored energy moving freely in a space creating burned rubber marks.
Category – Time-based
I started out studying engineering, went on to architecture, and then painting, and worked as a draftsperson in architectural offices for several years. Traveling to the Sahara Desert in Algeria on a motorbike in 1986 left a big impression behind. Some other “out-of-Europe” travels followed: 3 months in Asia in 1987, 3 months Mexico in 1996. In 2001 I visited friends in NY where I have been living since. My education together with my long-standing fascination with motorbikes, tools, dildos, umbrellas, inner tubes… has directed me to create work that combines architectural and sculptural elements in installation pieces into which I incorporate performance as well as photography, painting and video.