Hunter M. Yoder is a Pennsylvania German Hexologist, he paints Hex signs such as the ones that are seen painted on barns in his native Berks County. However, He views these 'signs' as being more then decorations.
The most prolific and outspoken artist of a modern school of "Hexologists" is Hunter Yoder, owner and operator of the Hex Factory in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Berks County, Hunter was inspired by local artistic traditions, and even painted a barn on his father's property near Virginville. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Hunter embraces the title of "Hexologist," and has sought to reinvent the mythology of the modern hex sign by incorporating aspects of his interest in ancient pre-Christian ritual culture. Hunter's work combines plant geometry, runic inscriptions, and several designs which are an homage to the work of Lee Gandee. Like Gandee, Hunter experiments with the use of art for shamanic and magical purposes, believing that his work is an extension of his spiritual path. Identifying himself religiously as a Heathen, Hunter blends traditional motifs with arcane occult emblems in the interest of reviving ancient Germanic religion. it is undeniable that Hunter's work is visually stunning, and part of the spectrum of modern applications of continued interest in Pennsylvania Dutch culture in the United States.
page 119, "Hex Signs, Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars," by Patrick Donmoyer, a publication of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, 2013
The contentions of the modern Hex Sign artists that their work is “just for Nice” are not disingenuous; to me their apparent dismissal, appears evidence of how a subliminal cultural enlightenment, a deeper knowledge which is not always consciously known to its bearers, can shine through in art, and in how the world is regarded.
Robert M. Jarrell on Yoder's book, Der Volksfreund, 2019
Yoder is "The father of New Wave Hex! He synthesized the Hex art with the Runic. With that, the boundaries of possibility greatly widen." Robert Taylor of "Changes"
Hunter, many thanks for THE BOOK... it helps expand our notion of what "fits" in spiritual imagery. A nice contribution to the field! Dennis Boyer
Yoder is perhaps the strongest young artist, though also the most naive. Glasses and matted blond hair, he lives in a tipi he built on the edge of Kutztown. Floor-bound, hex-sign derived wood sculptures redolent of local sources.
September 19, 1976
Hunter Yoder's ineffable Big Sandwich! Shamanic/Odhinnic inspiration?surging instinctual emotions?and Ursprung physicality = Art, sex magick, & git?r done. Amber Faith
Hunter M. Yoder
503 East 3rd Street
Boyertown, PA 19512