November 11 - December 23, 2017
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
"Portraiture - An Exhibition"
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 5 PM - 8 PM
curated by Shane Guffogg, the exhibiting artists include Don Bachardy, Xander Berkeley, Jeff Britton, Shane Guffogg, Laura Hipke, Doro Hofmann, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Deborah Martin, Ed Ruscha, Paul Ruscha, Vonn Sumner and Alison Van Pelt.
PRESS RELEASE (includes images and essay on each artist in short here -> )
OCCCA .com (more information on the venue)
"Doro Hofmann's painting technique is pain staking photo-realism, infused with symbols of our post-modern, capitol-driven world. She paints beauty, as in women and shiny objects, but they are more than that. She is really painting a belief system that we are all too familiar with. When we pick up a magazine and look at the glassy pages of ads, they are trying to tell us and hopefully sell us, their concept of happiness. That concept is based on the idea that if you buy their product, lets say a purse from Gucci, you will be one of them – one of the beautiful, happy people. It is consumerism combined with marketing with a splash of religious iconography (think of the Virgin Mary with a halo, blue robe, red dress and the bluest skies) that makes us want to buy with the hope of belonging to their world. The message is, beauty equals happiness. Simple enough but oh how complicated it all is.
Doro's women, with their prefect blue hair, look out in to our world, but not necessarily at us. They are daydreaming against a back drop of diamonds and gold, but they are disconnected from both our world and theirs. They are fallen angels that have been seduced into our belief system, trapped in a timeless state of idealized beauty.
These paintings are really portraits born out of desire, fueled by the (social) media. They are steeped in the history of European Icon paintings of the late Byzantine and early Renaissance and are as real as the images that are splashed across our TV and computer screens of today's hot celebs wearing the latest high fashion statement. We know they don't have a solution for world hunger or world peace, but we watch and listen anyway because these pop cultural icons, represent an idea that we all want to believe in – eternal beauty."
Shane Guffogg, 2016
» "21st annual Images of the Virgin Exhibit", curated and juried by Professor of Religion at Santa Clara University: Maria Del Socorro Castaneda-Liles; at Galeria Tonantzin in San Juan Bautista, in California; in conjunction with for The Virgin Image Conference,
» "Memory's Touch", curated and juried by art historians Denise Lugo and Karen Schifman; at the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery at the California State University, Channel Islands; in conjunction with California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA)
» "Beauty Revisited", curated and juried by Peter Frank; at OCCCA (Orange County Center of Contemporary Art. April 29 - May 29
» "LAKE OF FIRE" SOLO SHOW, curated by Christine Thy-Anh Vu; at Ghettogloss
» "SALON CONTEMPORARY" a project with the "ARTART PROJECT" and curator Jeff Phillips
» “For Those of Us Still Standing” Pharmaka (current) Group have a last exhibit at Pharmaka's Gallery location, Downtown Los Angeles, USA.
» "Which Way Berlin - LA ?" 6 german artist at Phantom Gallery's LA, Long Beach,
curated by Doro Hofmann. click here for images and here @ Phantom Gallery
»"Which Way Berlin - LA ?" 6 german artist present their position at Pharmaka, Downtown Los Angeles,
curated by Doro Hofmann. click here for images
» “ICON” exploring how and what we worship", DCA Fine Art, Santa Monica, USA.
find some press on ART SCENE
» “Group Show” Pharmaka founders show at Pharmaka, Downtown Los Angeles, USA.
» “Blue Chips” HSH Bank, Hamburg, Germany.
» “Small Wonders III” a juried fundraiser to benefit Pharmaka, Non-Profit-Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, USA.
» “Blue Chips” HSH Bank, Hamburg, Germany.
» “Lost Icons” Lawrence Asher Gallery, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, USA.
» “Now Then” Pharmaka, Downtown Los Angeles, USA.
» "LA Ethos" a show that calls to all LA Artists, to define the Ethos of LA Art, at Pharmaka, in Los Angeles, California for images click here
» "Small Wonders" a juried fundraiser to benefit Pharmaka, a non-profit gallery in Los Angeles, California
» "Die Kunstreihe" selected Masterstudents exhibit at the Volksbank in Karlsruhe, Germany
» Exhibition of Graduated Students for the Application for the Scholarship of the State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Doro Hofmann is granted with one of the four "Travel Grants"
» “LA based Artists" at Cache Contemporary, Eagle Rock, California
» “Top 05" at Kunstverein Heidelberg and at the Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany
» “2x8 Motion" at the A+D Museum (Architecture and Design) in Los Angeles, USA
» “150 Jahre Akademie Karlsruhe” Students and Professors exhibit at the Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany
» “Lieblingsbilder" at U7 Gallery, Frankfurt , Germany
» “Busy Canvas” at Barnsdall Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles , CA
» “New step in January 2004” at U7 Gallery, Frankfurt , Germany
» “Murals” at Pop-o-Matic, Los Angeles , CA
» Art Walk, Don O’Melveny’s Gallery, Los Angeles , CA
» Dez 2000- 2004» Annual exhibitions in conjunction with the "Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste", Karlsruhe , Germany
2006 Granted with the Travel Fellowship of the State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
2005 Support Programme for emerging artists, the Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg, Germany.
2003 - 2010 Active member of Pharmaka group and gallery, a non profit organization run by 15 artists, one
architect and one writer.
Pharmaka Gallery is dedicated to fill in the gap between museums and
commercial galleries - also to discuss any present issue about painting and art.
Pharmaka is supported by the Getty Foundation, the DEW Foundation, The Joelson Foundation
and depending on the different shows supported by the diverse cultural support programms and
foundations of the city Los Angeles.