For me art is a possibility to start a dialogue with somebody by means of an object – and this without being physically involved. Art can trigger a monologue or a dialogue on the piece of work – the reaction it creates by engaging others with it, is what makes it quite fascinating.
Robert Hoffmann lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. In his artworks he uses photos, tapes, corrugated newspapers, placards and other materials from the world of communication to create a complex multi-layered artwork. His style reminds the viewer of the form of collage and assemblage which he develops by using graffiti and typography. He gives this style a unique appeal through deconstruction by carving, cutting and polishing each piece to perfection. Robert Hoffmann holds a Masters in fine art and design and was a master scholar under Professor John Teschendorff and Professor Christopher Crouch.
His pictures are collections of words, and newspaper clippings on one topic each following daily phenomena of the media. Each work is preceded by a research whose focus is reflected on the image title. Robert Hoffmann translates the rapid emergence and repression of news into overlays, as they are known from placard advertisements in urban spaces.
The information store he created as a painting contain a flood of words and meanings without viewers of the finished image having access to them. They look at a sea of written remains which, when combined with the title of the work, can call up their own memories of the respective debates or stimulate their research.