I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Stefan Hoffmann over the last week or so at Duke University. Although I’m not a student anymore (alas), I’ve been sitting in on a printmaking class to learn how to silkscreen. Stefan is the visiting Duke to do an installation at the library (more below) and joined us in class to critique our work and help us along in the process.
Stefan’s own work is a truly unique style of screenprinting – that is, he does most of his printing on vertical surfaces: windows, walls, etc. His process is to visit a location, figure out a plan once he’s arrived, and begin printing and removing and printing and removing until the overall aesthetic works itself out. His source material is usually iconographic, historical or contextual to the location. He often films the process, so you can see the transformation slowly take shape.
For local Durham / Triangle peeps, tonight is the reception for his installation in Duke’s Perkins Library in the Gothic Reading Room on the second floor. More deets here. (Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it. Sadness.)
In any case, Stefan has been really great to work with – he helped me through a particularly challenging layer on a piece I’m working on – and does some really cool work. Check out tons more on his site and a video and a few more pics below.