"The works on display use their palettes to suggestindirectly, as if by allusionperspective, distance, even motion. The results are mixed, but often promising....Hovey Brocks misty landscapes of purple and red have a gradient of lighter and darker patches which provide the illusion of depth."--John Michael Colon, The Brooklyn Rail, 2018
"In Hovey Brocks delicate watercolor (2001), an aggregate is comprised of faintly tinted dots; each varies in degrees of translucency against their bright white background."
--Marilyn Symmes, Guest Curator, Degrees of Density: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, Traveling Flatfiles show presented at the Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, 2010
"Hovey Brock's dreamy yet intense painting "The Pitch" seemed to want to be next to White's hallucinogenic works on paper, each holding their own while being strangely complementary."
Katarina Wong, The "O!" Show, 2009
Toy[s] with the viewers perceptual expectation of a figure/ground distinction
. Brocks gorgeous traces of light and color in watercolor washes play with line
.[and] seem to define a form while the line itself teeters on the ephemeral.
Carter Foster, Guest Curator, Kentler International Drawing Space, and Curator of Drawings, the Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006
"These paintings have a magical, peekaboo quality..."
Brooklyn Journal, 2002
This extraordinarily satisfying show of recent abstract painting
presents a dozen artists who variously and inventively cultivate four possibilities: crisp or blurry edges, and rigid or loopy shapes
.Hovey Brock conjures ghostly swirls of pale line.
Ken Johnson, The New York Times, 2001
Mr. Brock makes large, loopy watercolors of captivating subtlety. Using a wide brush and diluted paint on off-white panels or paper, he traces circulating, linear arabesques over and over, creating shimmering entanglements that seem to hover in space like knots of cosmic or submolecular energy."
Ken Johnson, The New York Times, 2000
"Subtlety is the hallmark of Hovey Brocks paintings....the lines result from the deliberate work of applying layer upon layer of watercolors, so that this transparent medium slowly assumes solid form."
Grady T. Turner, Hard/Soft catalog, 2000
"Brock does with time what David Hockney often does with space--the presentation of numerous views simultaneously....[his] abstract forms allow him to explore pure motion, as subject matter, undiluted with narrative references."
Joseph Walentiny, Abstract Art Online, 2000
A vitalistic new-century energy.
Dominique Nahas, exhibition catalog, 2000