Let's Be Human To Each Other
By Matthew Hoffman
The Center for Book and Paper Arts Papermaker's Garden at Columbia College Chicago welcomes its inaugural public art project by notable artist and designer Matthew Hoffman. His installation of 15 brightly colored camp signs that feature text fragments is exemplary of his many earlier public installation projects at venues such as Pitchfork and Comfort Station. While the warm colorful palette is playfully subversive against a late winter backdrop, it is the affirming language of the signs that opens up a real dimension for poetic engagement.
Do you know that song, that when you hear it, it grabs you and takes you to a moment? A vivid memory you can’t escape feeling. Maybe it’s a summer, or a relationship. It might pump you up, and you start sprinting. Or maybe it crumples you, and takes you back to that night you sobbed in your car.
On my best days, that’s what I want my work to resonate. Personally, I want to experience moments. To really feel all the highs and lows. In my work, I want to create moments for others. I do my thing, and they are able to feel whatever they need to in that moment. - Matthew Hoffman