Joel Hobbie is best known for his interactive sculptures made of cast bronze tree roots and
industrial salvage. These elements are cast, welded, machined, 3-d printed and powder coated into balanced but opposing forms. His sculptures focus on the relationships and unspoken dialogues between the viewer and the work. It achieves this by using 3-d cameras and facial recognition software allowing the artworks to respond to the viewer’s presence. Mechanical eyes, and organic linkage mechanisms move in and out, following the viewer from it’s position in the space.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Hobbie studied sculpture at the University of Minnesota,
worked in mechanical special effects for motion picture industry, and lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.