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Normally, when preparing for a show, Jeanne Hoffman drifts between various mediums, setting up relationships between things. But the constraints of lockdown required a strategy of turning inward, of using whatever was at hand. Hoffman returned to collage: collecting fragments of whatever caught her eye, and assembling them into arrangements that obediently fit within the edges of a page.

In To make a landscape fit indoors, Hoffman draws these collected impressions back into the space of painting. The transfer of the collage references into this new space was guided by the metaphor of the garden as an observation of change: A garden is at once static and continually moving – a “framed”, bordered account of a state of perpetual transformation. It speaks of the tension between motion and stillness also inherent in artmaking – the process of being formed, of “becoming”, a tension which also inhabits relationships between discrete elements of an artwork. In "becoming", one piece is drawn into the territory of another, changing its value as an element and bringing about an unexpected unity. As Deleuze would say, the life of the work is in the “intermezzo”.

Engaging these intermezzos and in-between spaces, the artist worked from multiple perspectives, zooming in and out of the constructed landscapes, shifting focus between close-ups of textures and more distant views, often in the same work. At times, she stayed quite close to legible references in the collages. These material borrowings participate in an interplay between physical objects and their relation to the poetic objects of the imagination. Their peripheral presences point to relational meanings of the interdependent dualities of becoming/disintegrating, inside/outside and room/object. Frames and borders – and frames within frames – similarly interrogate the limits of the object and the room/object, inside/outside border.

Due to current regulations SALON NINETY ONE is currently open by appointment only. Please get in touch with the gallery at or call 021-424-6930, should you wish to view the online catalogue in the comfort of your home, or if you would like to book a viewing slot to experience the works in person.

Please take note of the following:

The exhibition opens on Wednesday the 9th of September and runs until the 03rd of October 2020. For the opening, Salon Ninety One will be hosting small group viewings from 4:30pm onwards. Due to current circumstances, groups will be limited 7 people and 15 minutes per viewing. To book your viewing slot, please book here and indicate the time you wish to visit us.

September 09 - October 03
10:00am - 5:00pm (SAST)
91 Kloof Street
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
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