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Lisa Von Hoffner

Lisa Von Hoffner is a contemporary figurative painter from Philadelphia. She received a BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in painting at Arizona State University. In 2015 she was selected to partake in an artist-in-residence program in Joutsa, Finland where she invoked the richness of contemporary Finnish art to edify her work. Lisa has exhibited extensively in the States and abroad and was selected as one of only 40 artists out of nearly 1,000 applicants to be published in the New American Paintings MFA Annual. In 2017 she was on the Phoenix New Times list of “100 Creatives You Need to Know” and had her art featured on the show Good Morning AZ 3TV. Lisa is an educator at Arizona State University and continues to work on solo projects and collaborative efforts throughout the valley. 

Statement

My work brings to light the paradoxical state of women’s sexuality in a distinctly patriarchal society, literally and figuratively. Laced with bright lights and a near hallucinatory fanfare of color, the immediate tenor of my most recent work is a carousel of revelry and excitement, similar to the buzzing allure of Vegas. This sparkling veneer is sarcastically subverted by the realities that are being addressed ─ objectification, commodification, and the disfigurement and misuse of women’s sexuality in society. Through the hallowed reiteration of circles and a hyper-spectacle of art objects, these pieces enter the realm of devotion ─ devout objects to be revered, objects that pay homage to the sanctity of womanhood. This sentiment is punctuated by ever expanding upon the materiality of the work with complexly loaded ingredients, such as neon and LED lights. By elevating my paintings off of the wall, wrapping them in neon and slathering them with puddles of resin, I defy their two-dimensionality. In doing so, these paintings are transformed into art objects themselves, echoing the normative objectification of women.


Art New York 2018: Editor's Top 10 Picks

Art New York, presented by Art Miami, returns to Pier 94 from May 3-6 offering noteworthy and fresh works by important artists from the contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras, featuring paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design and sculpture.  

The 2018 edition will see over 85 international contemporary and modern galleries from 30 countries come together to represent over 1,200 artists including CONTEXT, a platform for a selection of new and established contemporary galleries to present emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge talent. 

Create! Magazine had the pleasure of exploring the fair on VIP preview day on May 3rd, 2018 and here are our top picks:

Jemma Lock

Hi, my name is Jemma Lock and I recently graduated from Loughborough University in fine art. A combination of unconventional techniques is used to create a hybridisation of traditional and contemporary art styles. My concept is fuelled by dramatisation, in an aim to re-characterise individual women. These models may be holy, honorary, or worshipped individuals who have been made apparent to society through the work of other artists, such as Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus. However, in my recreations they are placed in scenarios that allow them to be socially reachable and touchable in modern society. 

Incorporating different mediums in my work, oil paints, neon lighting, and glitter makes an overwhelming experience for the viewer. The use of phallic and vulva symbolisation entices the spectator to look past the composition of oils, and search for the reasoning and understanding behind the artist’s thought. This series of work, features Venus - the goddess of love, sex and fertility accommodating a Playboy vajazzle. Eve, the first woman to exist in primeval history was depicted to have a drinking problem. Madonna, the loving mother with bleached roots and chipped nail polish. This concept plays on the notion of camouflage; you become distracted by the surrounding and not on the figure itself, taking an infamous figure and hiding it in modern life.

Our Pink House by Olek
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Polish-born artist Olek crocheted two entire houses, one in Sweden and another in Finland! Her work is bold, beautiful and provocative. Through her incredible skill and detail, she addresses important cultural and political issues.

OLEK’s art explores sexuality, feminist ideals and the evolution of communication through colors, conceptual exploration and meticulous detail. OLEK consistently pushes the boundaries between fashion, art, craft and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful. With the old fashion technique of crocheting, she has taken the ephemeral medium of yarn to express everyday occurrences, inspirations and hopes to create a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and psychological processes.

Our Pink House | Kerava Finland

"We live in challenging times, a changing world filled with conflict, wars and natural disasters. But I like to think that it’s also a world filled with love.

Our pink house is about the journey, not just about the artwork itself. It’s about us coming together as a community. It’s about helping each other. In the small Swedish community of Avesta we proved that we are stronger together, that we can make anything happen together. People from all walks of life came together to make this project possible. Someone donated the house, another one fixed the electricity and Red Heart Yarns donated the materials. And of course, most importantly, many women joined us in the effort to make my dream a reality."

All images courtesy of www.oleknyc.com