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Scott Hocking was born in Redford Township, Michigan in 1975. He has lived and worked in

Detroit city proper since 1996. He creates site-specific installations, sculptures, photography
and video projects, often using found materials and neglected locations. Inspired by subjects
ranging from ancient mythologies to current events, his artworks focus on transformation,
ephemerality, chance, the cycles of nature, and patterns of human behavior through time. His
site-specific works involve deep-dives into history, and attempt to intersect our present time with
the past. He is left-handed and wears contact lenses. He has a speech impediment and was
once hypnotized in an effort to correct this. He is a Pisces, born on the day of creative isolation,
in the week of the loner, and the year of the cat. A psychic once told him he would have an
average life and die at 88. He does not know how to roller-skate, ice skate, ski, or drive a stick
shift. He is a percussionist and can play the glockenspiel part in Jupiter from Holst’s Planets
suite. He can read palms. He grew up on a dirt road, near a railroad track, with a dog named
Bubba, who sometimes slept on the kitchen table. In elementary school, a visiting barnyard
turkey took a shit on his head. At 19, he lived in a Toyota Corolla for 4 months. At 27, he lived in
a chateau in France for 2 months. He has 4 tattoos. He is a 6 of spades. He is the number 11.
He has been to 42 US states. He once hiked the Death Valley dunes on a 117°F day, which led
to the sheriff telling him: “Son, people die in the desert.” He’s been stalked by a New Mexican
mountain lion. He’s slept on a Toronto billboard. He’s eaten reindeer in Akureyri, deep-fried
honeybees in Shanghai, kangaroo in Illaroo, and grasshoppers in Oaxaca. His childhood
nickname was Scooter. He’s a 6th generation Detroiter, descended from Polish immigrants and
a long line of Cornish copper-miners who settled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Two dogs have
bitten him in his life: Once on the right calf, once above the right eye. He has been arrested 6
times, and accumulated more traffic tickets than anyone you know.


Over the past 27 years, Hocking has created over 40 large-scale sculptural installations and

public artworks, received 22 awards, fellowships, & residency grants, participated in over 150
exhibitions, and exhibited at dozens of museums and public institutions worldwide, including:
the Van Abbemuseum, the Kunst-Werke Institute, Kunsthalle Wien, the Gare St Sauveur of
Lille, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,
the Smart Museum of Art, the School of the Art Institute Chicago, the ASU Art Museum,
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, the
Mattress Factory Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Museum
of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, and the University
of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. His projects have been featured in Artforum, Artnet, Art
21, The New York Times, Forbes, Frieze, Time, Sculpture, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, Bad
At Sports, Vice, The Brooklyn Rail, The Art Newspaper, Modern Art Notes, New Art Examiner,
The Art Assignment, The Wall St Journal, The Atlantic, Beaux Arts, der Standard, La
Repubblica, BBC Radio 4, National Geographic, PBS Newshour, Yale University Press, Oxford
University Press, and dozens of Detroit-based periodicals. He has received awards such as a
Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Kresge Artist Fellowship, a Knight Arts Challenge
Grant, and an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, as well as residency grants in France,
Iceland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and throughout the United States.
Most recently, Hocking was commissioned to create a permanent public sculpture in the city of
Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina in early 2024, as well as a public sculpture in Detroit’s Palmer
Park in summer 2024. His installation the “Secrets of Nature” was exhibited at Central Michigan
University, and his first mid-career museum retrospective was held at Cranbrook Art Museum.

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