Bettina Hubby's practice is wide-ranging, encompassing curatorial and project-based work, along side more traditional media such as collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. With projects that engage diverse communities and often exist in settings that challenge the conventions of exhibition spaces, Hubby's work celebrates collaboration and resists easy categorization.
Earning her MFA in 1995 from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Hubby then moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and began over a decade of work approaching the way in which physical objects and bodies interact with and define space, and the rituals that define construction of identity.
Known in Los Angeles first for clothing related work, Hubby then expanded further into photography, photographic fabric, vinyl decals, and outdoor banners that often found construction as a focus. Her collages combine clothing, objects and articulated space, drawings and paintings exploring the ritual of sex with the physical body removed, and her extensive curatorial and collaborative projects expand her scope.
The most recent project garnering accolades and national and international press is called Thanks for the Mammaries, and is an exhibition at ForYourArt, 2014, in which Hubby turned her diagnosis with breast cancer into a life-affirming community-supported celebration of breasts, and organized a show of 125 artists with related works whose sales went to support women with breast cancer.
Before this, Hubby acted as the Santa Monica Museum of Art's Resident Construction Artist, creating installation in dialogue with the beginning of long term construction of the Olympic/26th Street Expo Metro Station at the Museum's doorstep, a project which also inspired a construction-themed exhibition curated at the L.A. Mart, also called Dig the Dig.
Her solo exhibition at Klowden Mann in 2013 coincided with a publication of an artist book collaboration: Uniforms (with writer Dave Cull). The book featured her collages from [The Iceplant]. Other projects include The Eagle Rock Rock and Eagle Shop (2012), an installation and pop-up store in the Los Angeles community of Eagle Rock, CA the blurred the lines between curation, collection, kitsch, craft, and commerce. Her work was highlighted in the Home Show at the California Arts Foundation in 2011.
Get-Hubbied (2009-2011), a two year project about the institution of marriage that ultimately culminated in a legally binding wedding, and CoTour (2008), a bus tour that explored spaces of private significance throughout greater Los Angeles.
Bettina Hubby's website can be found here.
Bettina Hubby served as a judge in the Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent category, in the second annual Art and Olfaction Awards.