Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 8, 6-9pm
Blanket is pleased to present TANGIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF A SUBJECTIVE
REVOLUTION, an exhibition of new painting, sculpture, and installation by Vancouver based artist Jeremy Hof.
Hof indicates a formal interest in minimalist sculpture, but negotiates this oeuvre with his own interests that would be at odds with historical Minimalism. He continues to collapse the distinction between the hand made, high art and everyday objects, but creatively misconstrues the objectives of his predecessors. His are subversive rearticulations of Minimalism¹s aesthetic which subtly defy its anti symbolic stance. While recalling Carl Andre¹s brick sculptures, he undermines the supposed neutrality of such work. The glacial reproduction of commercial bricks into cast acrylic latex fakes (made by Hof himself over a four month period, no less) are stacked and arranged in a cube. Its placement on a plinth co-opts the minimal aesthetic and puts the geometries, and serial syntax to new use. Materials do not appear just as materials, but as a request for suspended disbelief; an empty oil drum, with a false top filled with paint that never dries; the bricks, solid paint. In addition, there is a vaguely allusive quality to the work, with some pieces suggesting a quite specific content. As in the work of the late Felix Gonzales-Torres, the formal codes of Minimal art have become vehicles of expression, and sometimes, even content.
Jeremy Hof lives and works in Vancouver. He received his BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007. He is the 2008 winner of the RBC Painting award.