LAKE OF FIRE
Ghettogloss Gallery is pleased to present Lake of Fire, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles based German artist Doro Hofmann. Lake of Fire will be on view February 13 through February 27, 2010, with an opening reception on February 13, 2010 from 7PM to Midnight.
Excessive, sensual and kaleidoscopic, Hofmann’s image-saturated oil paintings comprise a meticulous study of the human impulse, desire. Magma-colored jewels and scintillating gold chains erupting from distant galaxies and lavish depictions of imaginary religious icons are some of the multifarious images Hofmann uses to visually construct how human desire motivates action, fantasy, destruction and uncertainty.
Exploring the darker roots of desire in the context of a highly politicized, acquisitive and image-obsessed cosmopolitan consciousness, Hofmann probes at what influences our desires and how these forces drive and/or erode our ability to identify what truly affects our overall wellbeing. Complicating this discussion, Hofmann asks whether it is at all necessary to place moral value on desire and the outcomes of pursuing it.
Drawing from present-day media, biblical texts, medieval Roman icons and the works of John Milton, Hofmann’s energetic use of electric colors and exacting hyperrealism creates imagined heavens of hells and hells of heavens. There, the viewer is left to decide where they are, where they want to be, and where they will actually go.
Doro Hofmann is a Columbus Art Foundation Fellow and former master student of internationally acclaimed artist Franz Ackermann. She is a BFA and MFA graduate of the Karlsruhe State Academy of Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany and has shown in Germany and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in local art spaces including Pharmaka and the Architecture and Design Museum.
The exhibition is curated by Christine Thuy-Anh Vu.
For further inquiries, please contact the Ghettogloss Gallery at 1.323.871.8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.