Excavating material from the deserted streets and abandoned factories of Detroit, artist Scott Hocking forms site-specific installations throughout abandoned areas once meant for thriving populations. Interested in the evolution of ruins, history, subjectivity, and the enduring questions about “what we leave behind,” Hocking is inspired by the disappeared cultures of Native-Americans that have been poorly documented and understood. Self-aware of certain problematic issues of racial appropriation, his works pay homage to mound-building land art by building mounds of detritus of a city that signifies forgotten and mythologized landscapes, both modern and historical. Read more about the specifics of his projects here.
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