It was in 2013 when Hochbaum first started to make tiny houses out of the wood remnants from frame making. He wanted to put the scraps to good use and be able to incorporate what I made into my exhibitions. The houses he made were placed upon the edges of his finished and framed works, adorning the wood frames from which their material came from. This project fit right into his method and dealt with the growing piles of flotsam and jetsam.
It was at the end of David's 2013 exhibition when he found myself with hundreds of his tiny houses back in his possession. He needed to find a new use for them.
The concept of the Village in a Can came to him while brainstorming ways to raise money to replenish the studio of the materials used up over a years time of work. He noticed that every week his recycling bin was filled with empty aluminum cans. It quickly struck him that these would be a perfect vehicle for offering up an assortment of houses.
The concept fulfilled so many of his needs when it comes to his work. Hochbaum was able to recycle, repurpose, and make accessible his work to a broader audience who now have a chance to live with a bit of what happens in his studio.
David made a label design, cut lids out of old materials from a previous installation(more repurposing!) and the first batch of cans were released.
Now 6 years later David finds himself lstill drawn to the habit! With new colors, window treatment and special collector can editions offered each year.
Here is one of the classic standard but by no means mediocre Villages In A Can.
Every can is numbered, signed and is filled with 11 one of a kind houses.
David thought that he should share with you the whole process but it would so much to say here so he decided in 2018 to make a short movie that gives not only the process but a bit of history of the evolution in his work that led to the creation of the Village In A Can.
The film can be viewed at the artist's YouTube channel found at this link below