Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Christopher Martin Hoff (Seattle) received a 2010 GAP to purchase monthly public transportation passes and to offset the cost of materials for his project 1:1, an urban painting program that combines on-site easel painting with the flexibility of public transportation to further explore neighborhoods in Seattle and create opportunities for the public to watch art being made in and about their communities. The title refers both to the direct social interaction inherent in painting in urban spaces and to the format of the paintings themselves, which will be comprised of squares and therefore have 1:1 height-to-width ratios.

Christopher received a 2006 GAP to help with costs associated with travel to New York City for the purpose of working on location at the World Trade Center site. Hoff will create the second in a series of eleven oil paintings documenting the reconstruction of the site. “Conceptually, this series constitutes a vital extension of my work over the last decade which has focused on how the built environment informs the urban experience and how cyclical ebb and flow of its construction and demolition are in many ways analogous to the art making process,” says the artist. Hoff hopes to complete the second painting in 2007 and the entire series by 2016 as it fully documents the transformation of the site.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.