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Florentijn Hofman


Florentijn Hofman surprises his audience and confronts our daily perception with unusual, remarkable and stunning artworks. 

The work of Hofman is great. Great in size and great in impact. There is a large chance you will run into it in everyday life. Hofman’s work has a strong, playful character. By covering twenty-two houses in Rotterdam from head to toe in blue latex, these houses seem to have become large toys.  Toys for him and from him. The world as a large sandbox.

Hofman isn’t your typical gallery artist. His work is almost always location-bound and often consists of temporary objects or paintings. Often in a monochrome colour. The place forms the basic principle of the artwork. By playing with enlarged animals and objects, he gives a non-place a recognizable face. It often becomes a place that confronts and evokes reactions. A place that operates as a reference point. A marked place with its own stories, visitors, passers-by and inhabitants. Hofman often literally crosses the boundaries of the existence with his projects.

He searches for possibilities in his work to let people rediscover their everyday environment in a different way. He asks questions in his work about what the functioning of art is really about, apart from its recognition as such in museums or galleries. It is often art that is not recognizable as art, such as the “badly parked”  self-sprayed DHL and TNT vans.  In such projects the artistic value of an artwork is not directly judged on its form, but to the extent that it can cause a movement of perception, without infringing the logic of the (urban) environment. The core of contemporary art is hereby exposed, namely the core of its functioning, and not its ‘institutional’ recognition.

Someone like Hofman, who obviously varies pleasure between performative (public) art and the domain of the sculpture (to name a small amount of the media put in by him), has a strong wish to astonish everyone and to make life a little bit more fun by doing that.

For more information and a survey of all his work visit: www.florentijnhofman.nl

Images

Florentijn Hofman - De Badeend in Hasselt (2009)
Florentijn Hofman - De Badeend in Hasselt (2009)
Florentijn Hofman - De Badeend in Hasselt (2009)
Z-OUT Badeend
badeend
Florentijn Hofman
Badeend in Hasselt
vlag in de straat Z-out lancering
Badeend GET-OUT
Z33 FEEST - Masterclasses - Florentijn Hofman

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Voorbij

30.05 à 04.10.2009
30.05 à 04.10.2009
17.11 à 02.12.2012
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