Description

Jeremy Hof treats paint like a sculptural medium. Spurning traditional painterly techniques and tools, such as laying paint on canvas with a brush, he has developed a method that might be described as archaeological excavation. First, he builds up multiple layers of coloured acrylic paint on a support. Then, once the paint has dried, he patiently sands it down to expose the multi-hued strata. Overall, his process is long and laborious, demanding a repeated series of gestures and calling on skills not typical of painting. But burrowing into the material in this way opens new painterly paths and revitalizes the possibilities of abstraction. M.-E. B.