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Ira Hoffecker

The Gate
The Gate

Ira Hoffecker

The Gate

$250.00

Salto Mortale
Salto Mortale

Ira Hoffecker

Salto Mortale

$1,600.00

Rollercoaster
Rollercoaster

Ira Hoffecker

Rollercoaster

$1,800.00

Entree
Entree

Ira Hoffecker

Entree

$700.00

Ira Hoffecker

My paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over the course of time, based on my experiences of the urban spaces I have inhabited and visited during my lifetime.

I am interested in the ways that urban geography is reshaped by both the passage of time and by social change. My work portrays cycles of revision and restoration in the manmade landscape by replicating the geometric shapes of maps, architectural drawings and photographs, which I combine to create imagined cartographies within my paintings.

These works begin with a research process, as I explore various locations on foot, and source maps and images from historical archives which are later translated into painted shapes, colours and lines that transmit the physicality of moving through architectural spaces.

In the spring of 2020, I began painting floral and plant studies as a form of escape from the isolation of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Their shapes and colours brought me a sense of joy and wholeness. I painted the vegetation of my summer flower garden, as well as the plants I encountered during my daily forest walks. Some of these paintings extended beyond individual plant studies and became landscapes.

My latest series of paintings involves both organic and geometric forms, where aspects of one form concentration informed the other. These paintings explore the perception of depth in the urban environment.

My art practice has been concerned with the assimilation and reconfiguration of urban spaces and the histories they represent. Geographical locations are overlaid with multiple histories like layers of paint, one obscuring the next, each coat bearing the traces of the past layer.

Working in oil paints and painting organic material introduced themes and processes to my work which are still unfolding, repopulating the landscape with fresh formations.

Ira Hoffecker