Zach Hobbs uses humor, absurdity, and stream of conscious narrative to question social expectations associated with antiquated gender roles, southern religion and its relationship to mysticism, and the futility of perfection. Previously working primarily in collage and screen printing, Trying to Learn How to Draw, a tongue in cheek reference to Hobbs’ self depreciating approach to drawing, presents a new body of work, obsessively created over the span of several months. Using inexpensive markers and ink, Hobbs simplified his creative process. Listening to a steady mix of prank calls, esoteric podcasts and punk rock, Trying to Learn How to Draw is a collection of unpretentious, grotesque, and haunting works that critically and humorously examine daily existence.
Zach Hobbs (b. 1979) lives and works in Chicago. Hobbs received his BFA from Auburn University in 2002. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the United States, including at the Elmhurst Art Museum, South Dakota State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Maryland Art Gallery. As both a solo artist and a founding member of the design group Young Monster, Hobbs has been frequently featured in publications and has received notable awards for his graphic work. He enjoys lifting weights, reading conspiracy theory, and telling stories.