Valeria Vilar’s lush application of colorful paint and chalk on paper weave between figuration and abstraction to engage her audience in a playful back-and-forth between realities. On the one hand, Vilar’s fairy-tail landscapes lend a glimpse into her art making process inspired by memories and images of tales, dreams, and recondite places of imagination. On the other, her work and its intent can just as easily disappear to leave a space for the reconstruction of each spectator, freeing his or her imagination to complete the story.
Hoffmann plays with simultaneity, superimposition, and ambiguity in his work brushstroke after brushstroke. The artist sets out to entice a dialogue with his audience only to let personal emotion arising from the work lead his mark making. Over time, each compositional element becomes harmonious to complete the whole.
In conversation with one another, both Hoffmann and Vilar have created a fantastic world of energy and color that indulges the imagination with a glimpse into their own. In turn, viewers become part of the artists’ interior dialogue as the opportunity to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas connect one another like pieces of the same puzzle. The experience of such intimate communication builds upon the notion that personal dialogue ultimately informs universal concepts more directly than we could ever imagine.