Opening Reception: Saturday, October 29, 1-4 pm Peter Hoffer in attendance
Newzones is pleased to present "Plein-air (Recent Landscape)", a solo exhibition of new work by Peter Hoffer.
Peter Hoffer's gestural landscape paintings are sealed in layers of resin, which pick up reflections of light and ambient images. The landscape adopts its surroundings by reflecting them, thus becoming part of the landscape. Also part of this reflective reality, are the people who inhabit the space, be they individuals viewing the work or people using its sheen as a mirror to preen. The curious have to step closer, change their perspective and investigate longer to get past the reflections to see the details under the surface glimmer.
"This is what I want," Hoffer says, "that search. It's like that stage you're in the first two or three days after you've left the city and you're camping in the wilderness. You know you are enjoying being there but aren't in that zone yet. You're looking at that sheet-of-glass lake at dusk, and you're saying, 'that's amazing', but you don't yet feel it."
Hoffer's work speaks of the countryside of Northern Ontario, Eastern Quebec, and of the land of his forefathers, Hungary. But his landscapes aren't specific. "I love landscape painting and one of the reasons I continue to do them is that they are of nowhere specific."
Peter Hoffer has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. Hoffer's paintings can be found in several prominent public, private, and corporate collections.