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Robert Hoffman: Filling Empty Spaces - Attraction and Distraction

red, blues, yellow, tan formlineIntrospection by Robert Hoffmann Filling Empty Spaces – Attraction and Distraction is an exhibition of new works by Robert Hoffmann.

Robert (Davis) Hoffmann, Xaashuch’eet, is originally from Kake. He is primarily a wood carver and painter, but has worked in multimedia sculpture and has recently been experimenting with casting. He is represented by the Stonington Gallery in Seattle, and his works can be found in private collections and museum collections including the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

In his artist statement Hoffmann says: “Through his carvings and paintings, Hoffmann explores cultural values, and to what ends they drive us in a search for fulfillment.” 

In addition to being a visual artist, Hoffmann is an accomplished poet. His published works include Soul CatcherVillage Boy: Poems of Cultural Identity and his most recent book of poetry Raven’s Echo, just published by Arizona Press, Suntracks Edition. Hoffmann has also illustrated both books in the Raven House Mouse book series written by Jan Steinbright. 

Filling Empty Spaces will be on exhibit at the Sheldon Jackson Museum until April 22, 2023. The proposal for the exhibition was selected by panel from over a dozen applications. The next Solo Show Exhibition Series will take place in 2023. Images of the exhibition will be posted on the Alaska State Museum website in the online exhibitions section and a recording of Hoffmann’s talk will be uploaded to the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Youtube Channel.

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