Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bonsack Gallery: Friday, 10 April 2015

Tah-Dah (detail), 40”h x 40”w, collagraph on Japanese paper

The Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School will feature “The Three Muses,” a collection of works by St. Louis artist Cheri Hoffman, from April 10 through May 6, 2015. All are invited to an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Friday, April 10.

Many of Hoffman’s works blur the line between painting and printmaking. Paint takes shape on prepared surfaces through the action of whatever tools are nearby e.g., a brush, the blunt side of a palette knife or a credit card. In her Rorschach series, chance dictates the final image, the sheet unfolded and the original impulse now doubled, is revealed. The forms rendered through this process can be ambiguous and abstract. The shifting figures found in Hoffman’s Rorschach pieces mirror the futility of fixing meaning, leading us to the mystery of our musing minds.

Hoffman explains that her home and studio are an integral part of her creative process. “The light, space and architecture of these places are mirrored and inextricably linked to the art,” she writes. “There is also a distant sensibility, a thread if you will, rooted in the natural world. The images almost always reflect a lifelong study of light, dimension and form.” Using the alchemy of oil and wax along with pencil, paint and monotype, Hoffman explores the use of pattern, texture, surface and light.

John Burroughs School
755 S Price Road

St Louis, MO 63124
314.993.4045  x258


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