New York

Dan Hoffman

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Though Dan Hoffman is first and foremost an architect, as his structural and spatial manipulations suggest, this exhibition positions itself between art and architecture, militantly challenging the prevailing conditions of contemporary architectural practice that have robbed it of intellectual, sensual, and creative immediacy. Though architecture, which is distinguished by its scale, ubiquity, and complexity, requires a managed approach, Hoffman resists the alienating forces of capital that exempt the architect from the creative process and turn this practice into a rote and formulaic procedure.

Hoffman’s gritty studies and notations are the visceral residue of the activities of architectural construction. One of the untitled studies in this exhibition includes a wooden plank on wheels that supports a graceful arch made of burlap cylinders placed side to side like sausages in casings. The

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