Drawings take gallery visitors back to the ’40s, ’50s

Krempp Gallery
“Comic Connections,” by graphite artist Richard Chandler Hoff will take visitors to the Krempp Gallery back to a time often described as the greatest in U.S. history.

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The Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center will host an exhibit featuring the works of Richard Chandler Hoff, a graphite artis from Felton, Pennsylvania, Tuesday through May 25.  A reception will take place from 5 to 7 Thursday.

Hoff’s drawings provide a pictorial narrative of life in America during the 1940s and ’50s.  In capturing the essence of life on the homefront, he depicts popular architectural and social icons of the era to create scenes of places where Americans gathered to pursue the art of having fun.

“Architecture and light play key roles in my work and two major influences have had a profound effect on the use of these elements in my drawings,” Hoff said. “The first was Edward Hopper, an artist in whose work architecture played a prominent role.  Hopper used buildings as well as light to distill the essence of what was then America, and the success of his work showed me the legitimacy of portraying the urban landscape. 

The second influence was Life Magazine, especially issues from the ’40s. The light in their photos seems ethereal and yet ready to burst off the page with a great warmth which I have come to associate with the time period.  Born too late to have truly experienced the 1940s, I rely on stories and on imagery from an extensive photo file.”
Hoff then creates visual folktales to illustrate the style, romance and innocence that withstood the brutality of World War to influence today’s viewers of his art in music, literature, fashion and theater.

He prefers to work in graphite simply because it is appropriate for a period of time that was the first to be so prominently recorded in photos and on film and the last to be almost entirely shown in black and white.
“Also, the wonderful tactile relationship between pencil and paper enables me to intimately connect with the creative process,” he said.

Gallery visitors can meet the artist and listen to a gallery talk during Thursday’s reception.  A cash bar will be available and refreshments will be served.  

The Krempp Gallery, located in the Jasper Arts Center adjacent to the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, call the arts center at 482-3070.

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