Matthew Hoffman has been an up and comer for some time now – previously working under the pseudonym “SIGHN” and more recently as “MULTI POLAR PROJECTS.” For his current show at Public Works Gallery, Matthew exhibits under his own name, and it seems there is no better way to mark his long awaited rock star status.
Hoffman’s current exhibition, I Made This For You, is as intimate, playful and colorful as any art addict or general public could hope for. Hoffman’s hand cut wood, hand cut paper, or simple ink on paper works in the form of messages, colloquialisms and meditations are activated so flawlessly most of us still cannot believe he didn’t use a laser cutter. The works are saturated in positivity, to the point, and almost obvious – Hoffman manages to not only clearly share with his viewer a place full of simple wonder and shiny joy, but also to remark on the nature and discipline of practice he quite evidently and consistently employs. The work is accessible, and just nuanced enough that one cannot help but draw a big thick line in the sand between the nearly confused and distressed contemporary market and the humble, dedicated and relevant artist. It’s not a secret where Hoffman stands – he might as well have cut out the flag of honor himself.
But Hoffman clearly has no need for gimmicks, and his works are not simply a catalog page in an interior designer’s wet dream (though, if this were his target market, he’d be Jonathan Adler by now). Hoffman’s new work envelops an overwhelming sense of honesty, hope, love of the work and openness with his audience, and it is with such unfailing precision one is hard pressed to notice even one last shred of irony. Still, if you can find it, you’ll probably end up laughing at no one other but yourself. There is an objective sense of emotional, spiritual, and consumer particularity that seems to pinpoint our most simple yearnings, activating our most complex realities into simple truths.
In short, I Made This For You, is probably one of the most refreshing exhibitions you’ll see all year. This exhibition is on display through April 20, 2012.
Join Public Works and Hoffman for a lecture entitled I Am Saying These Things To You on Friday, April 20th, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Public Works is located at 1539 North Damen Avenue. For more information, visit their website.
March 26, 2012 | Filed under Art Seen: Chicago and tagged with Chicago exhibitions, I Am Saying These Things To You, I Made This For you, Matthew Hoffman, MULTI POLAR PROJECTS, Public Works, Public Works Gallery, SIGHN.