I am interested in collaborative work.
Photographs are distillations of perception and experience. Imagination and reality operate together. It is this union that directs my work. What we know-or what we think we know-will most likely evolve over time in much the same way that a kaleidoscope shifts its design when the eyepiece is rotated. Colors and shapes may change, positions of pieces may vary, but the same essential rudiments are there all the time. And, since each of us has a series of "holes" in our respective existences, we seek to fill these in our own way. How we do so is one thing that makes each of us an individual. I look for visual metaphors in the landscape. My photographs of dramatic cloud formations, bodies of water, interesting land formations, or trees and foliage articulate my appreciation for the mystery inherent in our world. Uncovering aspects of existence of which we would otherwise be unaware (since we are all physiologically incapable of discerning whatever lies beyond a limited area of the light spectrum) is awe-inspiring; it is a primary motivating force in my work. In the darkroom (using medium format film) and in the studio (scanning in my negatives in order to produce a large, detailed image file, or starting with a digital file to begin with), I work to interpret what I saw. I see this as a struggle against impermanence together with a resistance to loss. When I fell in love with photography, I embarked on a wonderful journey of discovery. Naturally inclined toward curiosity and experimentation, I have frequently worked outside the boundaries of traditional photography. My images strive to make use of the full range of possibilities for visually articulating my response to what I see around me. Further, I am cognizant of the role that art can play in determining what we do to conserve our limited and precious resources. As I examine styles and processes regarding my own photographic exploration, I continue to highlight the connection between visual art and caring for our natural environment.
ANN GINSBURGH HOFKIN
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin studied philosophy, mathematics, and music at Mount Holyoke College and earned a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. In 2001, she was among several individuals selected to participate in a cultural exchange to work with artists in Israel. Ginsburgh Hofkin has had eight solo exhibitions of her photography in Israel, as well as one-person shows at other venues such as the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Massachusetts; A.I.R. Gallery in New York City; Weill Art Gallery at the 92nd Street Y in New York City; Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia; Nina Bliese Gallery in Minneapolis; Quarter Gallery, Regis Center at the University of Minnesota,; the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI; and the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington, MN. She was also named a finalist for the Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design and was featured in its exhibition at the Israel Museum in 2005. In April of 2014, her work was featured and purchased as part of the Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. In the summer of 2018, Ginsburgh Hofkin was awarded an artist residency at NES in Skagastrond, Iceland, and in the fall of 2019, she was an independent resident at the Grand Marais Art Colony, in Grand Marais, MN. In the summer of 2021, she was an artist in residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, and in the fall of 2022, she will have another residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Ginsburgh Hofkin is represented by A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Her work is part of numerous private and corporate collections, including those of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 3M Company, Medtronic Corporation, University of South Dakota, University of Colorado (Boulder), College of Saint Benedict (MN), St. Mary’s College (MN), Wynnchurch Capital (IL), Hennepin History Museum, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Woodstock Center for Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of St. Thomas, Arthur Andersen, Jerusalem Theater (Israel), Poriya Hospital (Israel), Massachusetts General Hospital, Adath Jeshurun Congregation (MN), Park Nicollet Women’s Center (MN), Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, and Fidelity Investments.
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin - © 2022