Eric Hibit (b. 1976, Rochester, NY) lives and works in New York, NY. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, TSA Gallery and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at the Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, Cape Cod Museum of Art and University of Vermont and internationally in Giverny and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice and Washington Post as well as has been featured in the New York Times and New York Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.
Eric Hibit’s armature paintings stem from his interest in the work of other sculptural painters such as Frank Stella, Elizabeth Murray and Lee Bontecou. His paintings are made by stretching cotton spandex over uncoiled steel wire, an improvisational process yielding unexpected results that he embraces. Hibit applies resin on the underside of the pieces, which makes them rigid and holds their shape. He explores how color has a sculptural effect on the form, accentuating or emphasizing aspects of the form. The overall effect he seeks is color exploding off the wall, and a dynamic expression of form. This exhibition includes works from an ongoing series of all-white works. The colorlessness allows the viewer to perceive the subtle play of shadows and highlights on the form. The element of light, constantly in flux from both artificial and natural light sources within interiors, further activates the forms.