When the Cathedrals Were White
April 1 through May 21, 2011
Opening reception Friday, April 1, 6-8PM

Thomas Robertello Gallery is delighted to present When the Cathedrals Were White; new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Peter Allen Hoffmann. This inaugural exhibition in the gallery’s new location at 27 N Morgan St. is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

The title of Hoffmann’s exhibition is taken from the book by influential French modernist architect and designer, Le Corbusier; When the Cathedrals Were White. Perhaps most notable among Le Corbusier’s influences found in Hoffmann’s work is the idea of Reflection. Reflection as mirror to the artist and viewer, as memory, as spatial gaming within the picture plane, the play of light and water, and reflection as measurement of time taken to engage with the work itself.

Literal and metaphorical references to the idea of reflection abound in Hoffmann’s small scale, mostly 12 × 12″ square paintings. The imagery contains numerous references to landscape, abstract, and still life painters including Courbet, Albers, and others. These influences are combined with representations of landscape painted from memory, including images from Islesboro, Maine where the artist often works during the summer. Together, these sources combine to form an intimate amalgam of disparate imagery. Hoffmann’s meticulous process succeeds in slowing down the viewer’s eye by subtly revealing layers in the work. Hoffmann’s work dissolves whatever boundary might exist between viewer, art object/image and everything else, leading one toward windows and measurements of time.

Hoffmann’s paintings contain a multitude of elements comprising an enormous measurement of time contained within a very small scope. Each element requires a deliberate action signifying the completion of a step in his process of resolving the painting. While the brush work is obvious, the paintings are completely devoid of gesture, and resolve their identities completely. The compression of time in each work prolongs the attention span of the viewer, and the artist’s own editing process upturns the viewer’s perception of amount of time taken to create and understand the work. Even the specificity of their point in history is elusive.

Peter Allen Hoffmann (b. 1979 Philadelphia, PA) lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited in New York at The Painting Center and Freight + Volume Gallery, Galerie Open in Berlin, The Wexford Art Centre in Ireland, and in Chicago at Thomas Robertello Gallery .

Thomas Robertello, Director
Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12-6


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Peter Allen Hoffmann

When the Cathedrals Were White
April 1 - May 21, 2011
Opens April 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


The Source

Peter Allen Hoffmann, The Source, 2011


Peter Allen Hoffmann, Brothers, 2011

Untitled (Red Hook)

Peter Allen Hoffmann, Untitled (Red Hook), 2010


Peter Allen Hoffmann, Halv, 2010

Pomegranate II

Peter Allen Hoffmann, Pomegranate II, 2010

The Sea The Sea

Peter Allen Hoffmann, The Sea The Sea, 2010

Gambit II

Peter Allen Hoffmann, Gambit II, 2010


Peter Allen Hoffmann, Rothschild, 2010


Peter Allen Hoffmann, Diurnal, 2008


Peter Allen Hoffmann, Siblings, 2008

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