Danny Orendorff, MAD’s Curator of Public Programs, stated, “the intensity with which Camille transforms and manipulates her materials into stunning surfaces and compositions is matched by her fierce dedication to both historical research and critical exploration of the global effects of Western imperialism in its past and present forms."
Fellow Focus: Camille Hoffman
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York
January 18 to April 8, 2018
Opening this month at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is Pieceable Kingdom, an exhibition of multi-media paintings by Van Lier Fellow Camille Hoffman. An emerging artist based in New York, Hoffman explores the theme of Manifest Destiny in the collaged landscapes in this exhibition. Hoffman’s materials range from conventional oil and acrylic paint, to the eclectic: plastic tablecloths, plastic bags, photos, maps, calendars, posters and medical records. Using these materials and more, Hoffman creates densely layered, complex images, some representational and some abstract. Through these multiple layers, a palimpsest emerges that mirrors the layered history of America visible in our own landscape: the many cultures that have inhabited our country throughout its history, and those that have been displaced in that process.
MAD's Van Lier Fellowship provides selected emerging artists with a working studio space inside in the museum. Throughout the fellowship term, artists work in their studio during museum hours, where visitors have the opportunity to engage with them and observe their process. Their completed work is exhibited in the museum at the end of the fellowship.