The Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies welcomes artist Stefan Hoffmann for an eight-day visiting artist residency from February 2–10, 2011. Hoffmann, a German born Dutch artist, creates wall and window installations that employ a variety of screen-printing and painting techniques to make dynamic and bold images. Hoffman’s unique approach to screen-printing contrasts more traditional methods of printing on paper or fabric.
By printing within the confines of an architectural setting he is able to increase the scale of his work and physically use natural and ambient light sources as part of his work, thus enabling him to design much larger site-specific images. The imagery found within his installations reflects the culture of his current location.
Hoffmann works with a large number of screens, water-based inks and a variety of images to create what he calls interventions. Quoting the artist:
"I specifically try to incorporate 'local' visual elements I find in and around the working location - in this way reacting on the specific circumstances. In every project there is a combination of new and existing screens, gradually changing my visual alphabet. Except for the preparation of the screens there is no over-all preliminary design."
The appropriated images Hoffmann uses are generated through digital methods and exposed on to silk screens. The images are then screen printed directly on to the walls or windows using methods he has perfected. While at Duke, he will be working on a site adjacent to the Gothic Reading Room in Old Perkins Library.
Hoffmann has created his interventions in many locations across Europe and North America. In the fall of 2010 he was a featured artist at the Printopolis International Symposium on Printmaking in Toronto where he created interventions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), The Koffler Centre for the Arts and the Drake Hotel. Other recent project locations include: Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh, Future Tenant Space in Pittsburgh, Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Rotterdam Art Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Goethe Institute Rotterdam.
A number of events are planned during Hoffmann’s visit in addition to his interaction with students by meeting with various Visual Arts courses in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. He is most eager to have Duke students participate in his installation project so please contact Merrill Shatzman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Fick (email@example.com) for further information about the project and scheduled times that he will be working in Perkins Library.
Here is a tentative list of working times if you would like to work with Stefan on his project:
In addition to being involved in the project, please feel free to participate in the following events open to the Duke community and the public:
February 4, 2011
Friday Forum 12-1p D106 LSRC Building
February 10, 2011
Rendez-Vous 4:15-5:30 LINK (room TBA)
Installation Opening and Reception for the Artist 5:30-7p
Installation space adjacent to Gothic Reading Room, Perkins Library, 2nd Floor
In addition to the installation piece he will be creating while at Duke, he will be also be collaborating with Duke faculty Bill Fick and Merrill Shatzman, introducing his unique working practice to them, the Duke curriculum and furthering the integration of traditionally based and digital media practices. Stefan Hoffmann’s Artist Residency is supported by a Duke University Council for the Arts Collaboration Development Grant, the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies Visiting Artist Fund and from the Vice Provost for the Arts.
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