Leni Hoffmann

Galerie Bob van Orsouw

Leni Hoffmann’s installations are a kind of interactive sculpture that depend on the points where the space, the materials chosen, and the viewer intersect. Although she explicitly plays on the tradition of painting, her works have more to do with David Hammons’ snow balls than with Abstract Expressionism, since she also uses materials that are provocative in their impermanence as well as seemingly not worthy of an artist’s consideration. One might consider them easily formed conversation pieces. As in her other site-specific works, she used plastilene, a kind of modeling clay for children. It is colorful, easily modeled, and does not become hard; therefore, it is not a lasting material. Here she used an immense quantity of this material—700 kilograms—and had it specially made in screaming colors for this installation.

Her intervention was not limited to the gallery space: through the

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