Andy Hope 1930, Time Tubes. Installation View.
So who is Andy Hope 1930? Andreas Hofer’s alter-ego is at it again with a series of paintings and sculptures that “channel the evidence of art as a ghostly manifestation in a paranormal time and space.” The exhibition is comprised of paintings and three-dimensional works that once again place the artist’s work outside any type of definition or categorization.
In previous exhibitions, Hope 1930 has tackled a variety of different subjects ranging from pop culture, comics and science fiction, while always retaining a historical specificity to the 1930′s, a time of political and economic turmoil that witnessed the rise of the avant-garde movements. For his season opening show at Metro Pictures, Hofer creates a ghostly space where time and art seemingly vanish into the undefinable.
Andy Hope 1930, Phantom 2,3, 2010. Oil on acid free museum mat board.
A central piece in the show is the minimal sculpture Time Tubes. Here, two boxes support one elongated one with one end open where a picture frame is placed. Looking in the tube, there is nothing but blackness. In other works, Hofer continues to explore the idea of phantom artworks. Drawing from his Phantom Gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles and Zurich (two exhibitions that were completely devoid of artwork), Hofer now creates more tangible works; paintings that carry the markings of a sculpture that used to be present.
It seems that for Hofer, contemporary art is perhaps just a ghostly reminder of something that used to be. So more than questioning the identity of Andy Hope 1930, perhaps its more fitting to question who Andreas Hofer really is. He is definitely not the 19th century freedom fighter that bears his same name, but perhaps this comparison is the best one to define his work and practice.
Andy Hope 1930 (Andreas Hofer) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include the Charles Riva Collection, Brussels; The Freud Museum, London; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich. His work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany; and the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.
Andy Hope 1930. From left, Nova Nomad, 2010. Acrylic on aluminum, wood frame. 1 2 Mate, 2010. Acrylic and aluminum.
Andy Hope 1930, Phantom Pillars, 2010.
Artist bio and images courtesy of Metro Pictures