Let's Be Human To Each Other

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  • 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
  • LET’S BE HUMAN TO EACH OTHER
    LET’S BE OK WITH BEING HUMAN
    LET’S BE
  • SO LET'S BE AWKWARD, SILLY
    LET'S GET A LITTLE CRAZY
    OR A LOT
  • WE'RE ALL IN THIS THING
    SO STOP FIGHTING & START 
    TOGETHER
  • DON’T CENSOR MUTE EDIT FIGHT
    AND PLEASE DON’T EVER HIDE
    YOU
  • YOU'RE SCARED? COME ON,
    LET'S BE BRAVE TOGETHER
    RAWWWR!
  • BEING HUMAN EQUALS HOPE
    AND BEING COMPLETELY NUTS
    & IT'S OK
  • INCREDIBLE CAN KNOCK US OFF
    AND MOMENTS CAN BRING US TO
    OUR FEET
  • THE STORIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD
    CAN BE REWRITTEN EVERY DAY
    UP TO YOU
  • WE WANT TO CRY WITH YOU
    TO SYMPATHIZE & UNRAVEL
    TO BE HERE
  • YOU'RE ENOUGH. PROMISE.
    PLEASE SEE OTHER SIDE OF SIGN
    IT'S TRUE
  • LET'S CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER
    AND BASK IN BEING HUMAN
    CONGRATS!
  • REMINISCE ON THOSE MOMENTS
    BUT THEY FADE, SO MAKE NEW
    MAKE NEW
  • WE ALL GO THROUGH ALL SORTS
    WEAR IT LIKE A BADGE & FLEX
    OF THINGS
  • WE WANT TO CHEER WITH YOU
    TO JUMP OUT OF OUR CHAIRS
    & HOLLER
  • HOW ABOUT IT?
    WANNA FEEL?
    BE HUMAN?
  • A bright spot in the grey winter. 
  • Rough sketchs. VERY rough sketchs, but enough to get the idea across.
  • Quick mockup to make sure my brain & reality would combine at the same point.
  • All signs were laser cut on my fancy new machine. 
  • An incredible crew stained these pieces along narrow hallways.
  • Constructed them back to back.
  • And assembled them. When you need to, you just make it work. No matter what.
  • Thanks to everyone who slung a screw gun, nail gun, or slege hammer: April Sheridan, Kelly Schmidt, MaryClare Butler, Brett Brady, Amy Leners, Angela Davis Fegan, Jillian Brushchera, Brent Koehn, Leo Selvaggio, Justin Botz, & Yihan Chang.