Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰) works with the time-based and visual arts. As a Chinese-Russian-American, Hoover tells stories old stories in new ways, looking at issues of displacement, language failure, and cultural disjuncture. He is an avid student of Chinese Choy Li Fut style Kung Fu for its meditative, spiritual, physical and diasporic elements.
Inspired largely by Fluxus, Kaprow and the Gutai, Hoover has worked since 2004 as a professional museum curator and gallery director building communities and empowering audience through exhibitions, public programs, festival and special events. These range from conventional white wall shows, to black box screenings and art in alternative contexts.
Hoover holds bachelor degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master Degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master Degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Hoover has performed, curated, and exhibited at numerous venues around the world including the 2016 Sculpture Quadrenniale Riga, Latvia; 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale as an artist featured in the US Pavilion (Design Action for the Common Good); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the 2011 Art Life Festival in Guangzhou, China; Werkstattkino, München, Germany; 2011 Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum, and many other venues. Currently Hoover is the Program Director with Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.