Museum  January 9, 2018  Chandra Noyes

Pieceable Kingdom Presents Layered Meanings at the Museum of Arts and Design

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Camille Hoffman, Pieceable Kingdom, 2017. Oil, plastic Thanksgiving tablecloth, digital print of Edward Hicks' 1834 Peaceable Kingdom, Whole Foods bag, Dollar Tree bag, “We Care We Recycle” bag, golf course calendar, Thank You Thank You bodega bag on plaster, aluminum and wood. 20 x 19 x 3 inches.

Fellow Focus: Camille Hoffman
Pieceable Kingdom

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.

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Camille Hoffman, Landing (Mist Parts Over Columbus Circle), 2017. Medical records, credit card offers, tiki decorations, nature calendars, plastic tablecloths, plastic bags, Dora the Explorer puzzle pieces, photo, maps and oil on chicken wire and wood. 48 x 66 x 4 inches.

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."

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Camille Hoffman, Cochlea for a Deaf Storm, 2017. Sandals luxury vacation promotionalposter, oil, acrylic, medical records and plaster on chicken wire and wooden stretchers. 36 x 36 x 10 inches.

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.

Read more about this exhibition.

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Chandra Noyes

Chandra is managing editor for Art & Object.