June 7 - July 14

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, June 7. 5-8pm. 
Art 'Round Town: Friday, July 6. 5-8pm. (monthly art walk in Portsmouth)
Free and open to the public. 

FACTORY MADE

Multidisciplinary artist Michael Hambouz uses: multi-dimensional perspectives and forms as tools to capture profound life experiences and daily observations; the process of making, for positive self-healing and/or diversion from said experiences; and the finished work, as a vehicle to initiate connectivity and dialogue with others. His work ranges from light, humorous vignettes to heavier investigations embedded within symbolic, abstracted subtexts—approaching each piece with the same adaptive thoughtfulness as he approaches the ebbs and flows of daily life.

Hambouz’ ever-evolving processes involve constant experimentation with multiple mediums, techniques, and approaches, and diving into unfamiliar territories with technical problems to solve. He often keeps 3-5 simultaneous series in motion, and when completing one piece (in cut paper for example), he moves on to painting, drawing, printing, and animation (no specific order). With each passing of a cyclical cycle of mediums, he begins anew with heightened insight and skills—always moving forward.

For the Factory Made series, he hand-cut paper stock from independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company to create vibrant, abstracted scenes of the very factory where the paper is produced. The series provides a glimpse into the operations of the 140-year-old American paper mill by showcasing the production process and machinery—from pulp to the final paper product—in intricately layered collage format.

The subject matter is of particular resonance to the artist, growing up within a mile of the mill, and investigating it as a means to reconnect with his hometown of Niles, Michigan following the unexpected passing of his mother in 2012. Hambouz found artistic inspiration in the factory and its paper—providing an adventurous new direction in his work and practice to come. The resulting series celebrates small manufacturing and a geographical sense of home.

Factory Made #19, 2014
layered hand-cut paper collage
35" x 26"


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Artist Bio

Michael Hambouz:
Michael Hambouz (born 1977 in Niles, Michigan) is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY since 2000. Hambouz has had solo exhibitions with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, chashama, Calico Gallery, and Kayrock in New York City, The Krasl Art Center in Michigan, and a recent survey exhibition at his alma mater Antioch College in Ohio in 2018. He has participated in select group exhibitions at Maya Hayuk’s GROWROOM//SHOWROOM, The National Arts Club, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society and is an avid supporter of the arts and social justice, donating work to benefit auctions hosted by Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, and Pioneer Works. His art and curatorial work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Vice, Create! Magazine, and Design Milk.