LAKE GEORGE — “Painted Stories,” new work by Susan Hoffer is presented at Courthouse Gallery by Lake George Arts Project Jan. 16 – Feb. 19. An Online Talk with Susan Hoffer will be held 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 via Zoom. Link at: www.lakegeorgearts.org.
Hoffer’s new work is deeply rooted in her surrounding environment, rural Upstate NY’s Adirondack Park. Her autobiographical paintings spring from her experiences and exchanges with family, friends, students and neighbors. With close attention to current events, and a keen eye for observing detail, she depicts how technology is relied on and weaved into everyday life. Her subjects are carefully staged in various interior spaces, often with dramatic lighting rendered through thick brushwork, and surrounded by objects that inform each narrative. Her compositions reveal psychological states of her subjects, her empathy for them, as well as her love of light and texture in paint.
“I am interested in the experience of real or perceived isolation that is a result of geographical place and in the ways we use technology to form connections. In our digital age, new media have become a primary means of informational access for many people living in rural areas such as the Adirondack Park,” Hoffer said, in a statement. “In each painting, I aim to connect my subjects to their broader context, hinting at their engagement with global concerns.”
Hoffer’s work has been featured in solo shows at Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, and group shows at Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, and Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, among others.