Rory Hamovit: Wallpaper* Next Generation 2021
Our Next Generation 2021 showcase shines a light on 21 outstanding graduates from around the globe, Wallpaper’s pick of the best new talent in seven creative fields. Here, we profile LA photographer Rory Hamovit.
Hamovit’s practice is equal parts photography and performance. The Los Angeles-based artist subverts masculinity’s historic tendency towards self-adoration and self-centredness, which he calls an ‘outrageous patriarchal oversight’. His work is at once ironic and earnest, reflecting his position as a male artist: both informer and informed, creator and creation.
Hamovit’s images are perhaps better described as ‘scenes’ from a land in-between reality and absurdity. Each scene is first sketched out in detail, sets are built, and actors found from classified ads, before it all comes together in what Hamovit describes as a ‘world adjacent’.
Understanding humour as a unifying human experience, Hamovit skillfully disarms his audience, compelling us to linger and open up to his work. Punchlines don’t land as you might expect though, and the images are a dark and complex kind of entertainment. Hamovit really does have the last laugh. §