The artist offers a contemporary consideration of the fashion industry, particularly the Paris runway. Like the other paintings in this series, the model is raised on a dais or altar. The refined and realistic rendering of a high-fashion model has been juxtaposed with transparent, geometric layers of spray paint, and graffiti-like drips. The lower panel consists of a collage of damask wallpaper, as well as a grouping of painterly marks roughly resembling flowers. The painting is on canvas that has been applied to panel and then coated in resin. Hoffer draws attention to the process of creating art by keeping masking tape visible underneath the resin.
About Peter Hoffer
Peter Hoffer is a landscape painter, working with traditional varnishing techniques popularized in the 19th century. He particularly addresses artists’ practice of using a high-gloss finish to maintain the appearance of being newly completed. His images feature nondescript views of landscapes, to which he applies many coats of reflective varnishes, sometimes between layers of paint. Over time, the surface shows natural inconsistences such as discoloration and cracks. Hoffer exaggerates this effect by marking, etching, scratching, and searing the varnished layers, such that they becomes rough “like the terrain itself.”
Canadian, b. 1965, Brantford, Canada, based in Montreal, Canada