Past Exhibitions

Diane Hoffman & Allison Paschke

Diane Hoffman, Allison Paschke (R)

The paintings of Diane Hoffman use the forest as an anthropological metaphor. The work invites the viewer to contemplate the relationship between the forest’s structural properties, its inhabitants and its visitors. During a 2008 artist-in-residence program in Schwandorf, Germany, Hoffman observed and documented the European Silver Fir Tree in the Bavarian landscape, exploring this common iconic representation of German culture and nationalism. “Given that trees and forest have the capacity to both conceal and shelter, and to disorient the visitor into seeing things that are not there, this project explores the capacity for images of trees and forests to reveal and expose a multiplicity of perspectives.”

Hoffman is currently an Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. . She was a participant in the resident artist exchange in 2008 and 2009 between Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts. She has shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the US, and was featured in the Boston Drawing Project in 2008. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from RISD.

Allison Paschke’s installations and sculptures are developed intuitively, balancing desires and impulses. The work focuses on the concept of passage through mental and physical space, creating a “subtle, light filled meditative mental environment”. She is interested in creating “tensions between opposing concepts such as fragility versus immortality, subtlety versus intensity, and the miniature versus the vast.” In her pin installation pieces, Paschke affixes tiny laser cut shapes, letters and objects to large square epoxy resin blocks, creating a contrast in medium that draws the viewer into the work.

Paschke received BFA’s from both the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Kansas City Art Institute. She earned her MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Paschke has exhibited her work throughout the U.S., including exhibitions in Providence at 5 Traverse Gallery and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. Her work was also included in the 2005 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Award Show.