Stefan Hoffmann: Visiting Artist February 2011



Stefan Hoffmann

Stefan Hoffmann: Visiting Artist Residency February 2-10, 2011

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.

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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