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TJ HOSPODAR
BROOKLYN, OH
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: I approach my work as a data science. I initiate my process with research; I deliberate what data visualizations will best articulate my findings and thereby select a medium, or several, to facilitate a demonstration of the results; and then, I make work with the intent to shape this information into insight.

The overlying theme in my work is hospitality. My passion for a service based aesthetic is apparent in the recurring subjects of my work: meal-sharing, collective transportation, housing/hosting, gift economies, interpersonal activity and correspondence. My work often takes the form of an image, specifically a photograph, but I also make work that utilizes social space, sound, and movement. I shoot medium and large format cameras, and digital; plus I also create digital photographs that are not sourced from film, such as scanned documents (hand written letters or recipe cards), certificates, or digitally produced designs (maps, conference agendas or bookmarks). When designing social space, I consider the audience and mobilization, the set design and the menu. My work with sound results in MP3s (for download or inclusion in an installation), while my movement-based work is best described as post-dance.

A fraction of my practice includes live art. I have performed as a hotel concierge (Hotel Savoy, Boggsville Boatel, Boardroom B&B), private driver, bike messenger, chef (dinner theatre), and tour guide. Because I am enamored with gift economies, I am compelled to share these performances at no cost to the viewer, whenever possible. The resulting documentation (paper materials, photography, video) serves as the artwork, although I favor the argument that the work itself was the interaction between the viewer(s) and myself.
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ARTIST RESUME:


TJ Hospodar (b. Cincinnati, 1977) is a trained photographer working in performance—comprising sound, image and movement. His interest in hospitality is explored through a service based aesthetic, tackling subjects such as meal-sharing, collective transportation, alternative housing, gift economies, interpersonal activity and correspondence. The work takes various forms, depending on project, such as a soup kitchen, dinner theatre, carpool or car service, hostel, bed and breakfast, conference, lecture, library, support group, phone call, postcard, bookmark, brag letter and recipe card. He has shown work at Dixon Place, Emily Harvey Foundation, Goethe Institut, Jan Hus Church, Judson Memorial Church, Westwood Gallery (New York); Cobble Hill Tunnel, Homestead Gallery, Launchpad (Brooklyn); Boggsville Boatel, Flux Factory, Sculpture Center (Queens); Okazi Gallery, FIT (Berlin); Manifatture Knos (Lecce); Wittmann’s (Vienna); Galeria de Diseño Casa Prado (Barranquilla). His residencies include Pulse Laser Holography (Holocenter) at OSU and Moving Landscape (PepeNero) in Lecce.

MFA, Brooklyn College – Performance & Interactive Media Arts

 








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