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OMA Presents 'In Search Of Shadows: James Hubbell Sculpture'


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until June 2, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $10

"In Search Of Shadows: James Hubbell Sculpture"
February 3 – June 2, 2013
Preview Reception, February 2, 5-7pm

James Hubbell’s wide-ranging practice - public sculpture, architecture, stained-glass, sculpture, mosaic, painting, drawing and poetry – has sought to express his deep reverence for nature, a long-standing and primary source of inspiration for his art.

His passion and innovation, and his consistently visually arresting work that evokes and engages with the mystery and beauty of our natural environment, has made Hubbell a leading artist of his generation and a San Diego treasure.

Oceanside Museum of Art is proud to present the first museum exhibition devoted to Hubbell’s extensive sculptural oeuvre. Featuring over 30 sculptures from the past 50 years of his career, "In Search of Shadows" explores Hubbell’s mastery of a diverse range of media including bronze, wood, glass and stone, highlighting the evolution of Hubbell’s nature-inspired sculptural style and the reoccurring threads that connect the work over the past five decades.

Also featured will be a small display of architectural models and drawings that recognize the inseparable synergy between his sculpture and architecture.

The exhibition opens with a preview reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception is complimentary for OMA members and $10 for non-members and includes an open bar and creative appetizers provided by OMA’s Culinary Arts Committee. This exhibition is sponsored by Rudy and Elizabeth Van Hunnick.

“Sculpture, unlike most of the other art forms except architecture, casts a shadow and like ourselves, occupies three-dimensional spaces. Sculpture can be approached as another person and even though it is inanimate, it can create reality. It is there in front of you, not an illusion. It can, as music does, deal primarily with form and rhythm or, to varying degrees, bring remembered elements as part of its story or give us an introduction to an inner world, a world of light and shadow.” -James Hubbell, 2012

The title of the exhibition, "In Search of Shadows," reflects Hubbell’s interest in bringing awareness to the forms that are created from three-dimensional sculpture and the importance of understanding the visual language of sculpture: edge, line, form, mass, color, texture.

Works on view will range in scale from hundred pound abstract bronze sculptures to more intimate pieces crafted from wood, showing Hubbell’s extraordinary craftsmanship and intuitive approach to his materials.

Highlights of the exhibition include a new bronze gate that will welcome visitors into the exhibition and a careful selection of seminal pieces such as Bow and Blue Meadow woven together with a mix of small and medium scale bronze, wood and glass sculptures that meditate on his interpretations of nature. Abstract imagery in the work ranges from the curves of a nautilus shell or the energy of the ocean to the lines of a tree or wisteria growing on a branch.

Artist and visionary designer James Hubbell resides in his iconic eight building compound in Santa Ysabel, California (1958-present). Along with running an architecture firm with his son Drew Hubbell, he maintains The Ilan Lael Foundation, a non-profit education foundation with the aim of helping artists become more involved within the fabric of the San Diego region.

For additional information on Hubbell visit

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. Google Map, 760.435.3720
Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm; Sunday from 1pm - 4pm

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

"Ancient Gift" 2001, a sculpture by James Hubbell. Courte...

Above: "Ancient Gift" 2001, a sculpture by James Hubbell. Courtesy of Oceanside Museum of Art.


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