Laura Hoffman is red wine, resin, power tools, prints and parties. I have NEVER stopped by her studio without being welcomed and shown fabulous art and a great time. I’m not sure how we met: the Barracks and SOFA seem miles apart in more than distance. How to characterize her distinct style? Monumental, fractured classical ladies in gender-bent attire, with a mythic twist? The feminine archetype of all ages, tweaked? Beamish frabjous Alices, like Lewis Carroll on oil paint fumes and Sonoma wine?
The Wine Emporium, source of viticulture and visual delights, hosts wonderful art exhibitions. Many thanks to James Haug and his exquiste palate (or is it palette?) for both wine and art. Laura’s show can be enjoyed, along with the Wine Emporium’s signature tastings, until early January. If you haven’t been into the Wine Emporium in Sebastopol, you’ve missed James’ extensive knowledge, a stock of hard-to-find fine wines, and his open hospitality. My slideshow below show’s Laura’s opening, and the Wine Emporium site hosts an online gallery of Laura’s work. My show starts Labor Day 2012. Do drop by to taste the wine and see Laura’s ladies.
As for the power tools, well, you’ll have to ask Laura. In January I’ll be playing with her sanders in her studio. We’ll be trying interesting new techniques for collaging whole animals and people on to our surfaces! Just kidding. Well, sort of.
Mythic News: Laura invites so much to play in her paintings. The collage borders teem with action and embedded symbols. Look at the little stories embedded in the details: a swingset in a watermelon, ships, nuts, shells. I particularly like her baroque little horizon lines which sprout more heiroglyphic narrative. Take a look at the wonderful photo in the slideshow of an avalanche ofher collage sources: they seem like the thoughts the ladies are thinking– coy, oracular, silly, or dreamy.The huge delicacy of the work is, well, a delicious, huge delicacy. Sweetmeats for the holiday indeed. Fruits of flesh, seasoned with a saucy mind. Pastries for the soul. Lauradorable.