Cade Tompkins Projects recently presented Orit Hofshi: Crossing at this year’s installment of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018. The curatorial theme, A Stranger Comes to Town, was brilliantly captured by Orit’s work in printmaking.
Hofshi showcased 4 monumental works in the exhibition Pillar, Time….thou ceaseless lackey to eternity, Amassment, and Debate.
Orit Hofshi (Israeli, b. 1959) was born in Kibbutz Matzuva, located in Western Galilee in Israel and she continues to live and work in Herzliya, Israel. The dramatic birth and brief intense history of Israel, and her parents escaping the incorporation of their homeland of Czechoslovakia into Nazi Germany, have no doubt, influenced her haunting and powerful work. Hofshi is constantly preoccupied with the human condition at large.
Hofshi creates monumental works depicting distant, neo-romantic landscapes. In her works, the forces of nature and destruction mingle and mix as she maintains an ongoing dialogue between the figures and their encircling settings. Realism and expressionism merge, creating scenes that are somewhat threatening and disquieting rather than pastoral. Her haunting vistas of ruins and rugged landscapes respond to sublime forces of nature, consequences of war, and time itself. The wanderer or vagabond in Hofshi’s work takes on a more elusive form. The figures appear contemporary, relatively calm and composed, but at the same time seem alienated by the surrounding landscape. Their dispositions convey a sense of expectation, accentuated by a sense of aimless presence. While depicted in a concrete physical context, the overriding sense is that the more momentous journey is the internal and introspective one.
Orit Hofshi first studied at the WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education, Israel and continued her studies majoring in painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, USA in 1990. She received her MA in 2002 from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Orit Hofshi’s work is in numerous public and private collections including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Kunstsammlung im Deutschen Bundestag, Berlin, Germany; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, California, USA; The Open Museum Tefen, Tefen, Israel; and the Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel.
from SPRING/BREAK: “SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week. The seventh annual fair was held from March 6th — March 12th, 2018 at 4 Times Square.”