Marietta Hoferer: Coptic Light, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

Marietta Hoferer, Big C-9 (detail), 2010
Pencil and tape on paper, 60 x 60 inches

March 6 – April 11, 2010

Marietta Hoferer’s luminous pencil and tape drawings also employ rigorous formal technique but with an entirely different outcome. Hoferer begins her process by laying out a grid in pencil on paper, and then adds layers of tape that shift in tonality over time. The results are shimmering geometric patterns that appear defined by logic and process but actually reflect the organic movements of the artist’s hand, with references as disparate as Agnes Martin’s Minimalist paintings and North African textiles. Subtle in their muted colors, Hoferer’s drawings alter according to changes in light and the placement of the viewer. In Coptic Time, a title borrowed from Morton Feldman, the artist continues to refine her unique process, creating seven schematic textured drawings that animate the gallery.

“I create grid-like formations and abstract compositions with faint pencil and tape lines or thousands of small hand-cut pieces of transparent tape, inspired by the rhythms of architecture and weaving. Although subtle, the linear bands and geometric patterning, reveal a luminous surface that changes with the light and differing vantage points.

Although my drawings might appear planned, calculated and mathematical to the viewer, it is actually the opposite. I work intuitively, guided by my chosen materials. My work is more a visceral response to my surroundings than a literal reference. Atmospheric conditions – light and weather, plant and other organic forms make a deep impression on me, as well as a parallel interest in architectonic structures that are mysteriously transmitted into my tape drawings.”

Marietta Hoferer was born in Hausach, Germany and studied at Hunter College in New York and at St. Martins School of Art and Design in London before receiving an MFA from Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Recent Exhibitions include KunstBüroBerlin, Berlin; Galerie Mourlot, The New York Public Library and the Drawing Center, New York; Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland and the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in Seoul, Korea. This year she will have work included in Wall Drawings (March 2010) and then will have a solo show (October 2010) at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco, CA. She is a 2009 NYFA Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Hoferer lives and works in New York.