Metro Pictures will open the Fall season with Andreas Hofer’s exhibition ON TIME by Andy Hope 1930 on Thursday, September 16th. The framing of spaces, images and time links the rooms of the new show to the fictional, time-traveling persona of Andy Hope, Hofer’s alter ego and signer of his paintings, in the critical year 1930. One gallery room extends Hofer’s 2008 Phantom Gallery in Los Angeles and Zürich. Both exhibitions were site-specific installations, empty but for the ghostly exposure of bright patches where once-framed pictures hung on walls that now appear discolored and grimy, and worn and dirty carpet with the original color exposed by the shapes of chairs and bureaus. The Phantom paintings, in tones of cream and beige and in discarded frames, bring value to the devalued or discarded decor of the Phantom rooms. In another room, adding further distance and remove, Hofer’s paintings are shades of gray that are representations of the black and white photographs of his Phantom paintings.
Andreas Hofer was born in Munich in 1963 and lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include the Charles Riva Collection, Brussels; The Freud Museum, London; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich. His work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany; and the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.