Cathrin Hoffmann

»Zum Einstieg hier ein Zitat. Sant sita vellest optas volorenat quibus alutiam.«

— Annabel Daou

ABOUT

Hoffmann’s work reimagines, remodels, and recycles various corporealities to explore and question what being human means in the future post-digital age. The distorted figures, whose bodies amass sharp-edged forms as well as more curved and bended ones, defy standardized and stereotypical ideas of the human physique, particularly circulated by the media. Although the artist predominantly works with feminine shapes – one recurring motif is the, in Hoffmann’s works often asymmetrically formed, female breast –, she does not draw a dividing line between male and female. Her aesthetic operates in an equivocal realm, in which these kinds of dualisms are non-existent. The ambiguous visuality of the depicted characters is reminiscent of an amalgamation of the machine and the human, alluding to Donna Haraway’s renowned essay “A Cyborg Manifesto”.

In her essay, Haraway deconstructs the boundaries between human and animal, animal-human and machine, and physical and non-physical as well as analyzes the drastic influence of machines that veil the distinction between natural and artificial. These theoretical and practical entanglements are visually reflected in Hoffmann’s twisted figures, often moving in a complementing contorted way. Moreover, the artist draws attention to the problematic of western dualism that is not just applied to deconstructively distinguishing between male and female, resulting in the exclusion of the seemingly “inferior” group, but also to the determination of an abled and disabled body, fueling the establishment of an undesired “other”. Hoffmann’s work distinctly dismisses such dualist ideas and sets a new basis for futuristic, diverse body types.

SELECTED WORKS

Supposed To Fight – That Was The Deal
2021
Allegory of Fortitude
2021
As Though
2021
Spending Days in Amber
2021
Where To Save The Swords?
2021
Technically You're Right
2021
Due To Causes And Conditions
2021
There Are Only One Or Two Facts
2021
From Or With?
2021

EXHIBITIONS

Frieze London
With a solo presentation by Cathrin Hoffmann
Oct 13 – 17, 2021
Works on Paper
A group exhibition with
Annabel Daou, Rachel Garrard, Cathrin Hoffmann, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Grit Richter, Anna Steinert, Angelika J. Trojnarski, Anna Witt
Dec 04, 2021 – Feb 04, 2022
The Future is Beautiful
Cathrin Hoffmann and Anna Steinert
Mar 09 – Apr 17, 2021

NEWS

Cathrin Hoffmann
Saltro in Altro
Group exhibition curated by Edoardo Monti
Palazzo Monti, Brescia
Dec 4 – Dec 18, 2021
Cathrin Hoffmann
Die Londoner Kunstmesse Frieze – Mühsam normal
by Stefan Kobel
Der Tagesspiegel
Oct 16, 2021
Frieze London
With a solo presentation by Cathrin Hoffmann
Oct 13 – 17, 2021
Schönheit in Farbe und Abstraktion
Cathrin Hoffmann und Anna Steinert in der Galerie Tanja Wagner
by Alexandra Karg
gallerytalk.net
Mar 31, 2021

BIOGRAPHY

Cathrin Hoffmann

Lives and works in Hamburg

Residencies

2022
Tightrope
Cassina Projects, Milan

2021
Palazzo Monti, Brescia

2019
PLOP (run by Oli Epp and Aindrea Emelife)
London

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2021
The Future is Beautiful (with Anna Steinert)
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin 

2020
IT STILL SMELLS OF NOTHING
PUBLIC Gallery, London

Somewhere in between (with Liam Fallon)
Duve Berlin, Berlin

2019
Virgula Divina (with Anton Alvarez)
Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf

Group exhibitions (selected)

2021
SALTRO IN ALTO
Palazzo Monti, Brescia

Works on Paper
Galerie Tanja Wagner

Stockholm Sessions
Carl Kostyál, Stockholm

The Artist is Online
König Galerie, Berlin

2020
Ein Museum auf Probe
Villa Merkel, Esslingen

Transatlantico
Mana Contemporary, New Jersey 

Layers and Tracks
Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam

Everyday is Sunday
UTA Artist Space, online exhibition

Decade
Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam

Second Smile
The Hole, New York City 

2019
Juxtapoz at 25: In Black an White
The Hotel of South Beach, ArtBasel Miami

Too Many I In Digital
Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam

End of Residency
PLOP, London 

Post Digital Pop
The Garage Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Post Analog Studio
The Hole NYC, New York City 

2018
MS Artville 2019
MS Artville, Hamburg

Art Creates Water
Millerntor Gallery, Hamburg

Farbflut Festival
Lemwerder

New Wall / POP UP GALLERY
New Wall Gallery, Hamburg 

Human Condition
Bunkerhill Gallery, Hamburg 

2017
Post G20
Galerie Speckstraße, Hamburg 

Articles

Cathrin Hoffmann’s Artworks Question Human Existence in the Post-Digital Age, hypebeast.com, October 2020

Interview with Cathrin Hoffmann: IT STILL SMELLS OF NOTHING, thisistomorrow.info, December 2020

It Still Smells of Nothing: Cathrin Hoffmann’s New Paintings of Love and Loss, juxtapoz.com, October 2020

Cathrin Hoffmann — Reality leaves its mark, metalmagazine.eu, 2020

Insta-Watchlist: Cathrin Hoffmann, “Instagram verändert auch die Malerei”, monopol-magazin.de, June 2020

Cathrin Hoffmann, floorrmagazine.com, September 2020

Somewhere In-Between: Cathrin Hoffmann and Liam Fallon @ Duve Gallery Berlin, juxtapoz.com, May 2020

somewhere in-between | cathrin hoffmann + liam fallon at duve berlin, schonmagazine.com, May 2020

If You Hang It, We Will Virtually See It: “Second Smile” @ The Hole, NYC, juxtapoz.com, April 2020

Art in Uncertain Times: A Look Across the Globe at How Artists Created Metaphors For the Future, juxtapoz.com, March 2020

Berlin Art Week, freitag.de, September 2019

8 Artists On Overcoming Self-Doubt, skillshare.com, November 2020

5 Artists on What it Takes To Make It, skillshare.com, October 2019

RECAP: Art Rotterdam 2020 Van Nelle Factory, juxtapoz.com, February 2020

Künstler und Galerie unterstützen Trinkwasser-Projekt, wz.de, July 2019

Virgula Divina: The Distorted and Otherworldly Figures of Cathrin Hoffmann, juxtapoz.com, August 2019

The Oil and Acrylic Paintings of Cathrin Hoffmann, hifructose.com, May 2019

group exhibition at the hole NYC examines digital media’s impact on art making, designboom.com, April 2019

Post Digital Pop: A Digital Fueled (Painting) Reality @ The Garage, Amsterdam, juxtapoz.com, May 2019

Artist we love: Cathrin Hoffmann, thewhynot.de, 2019