Urban Layers
Ira Hoffecker

19.02.20 06.03.20

On Wednesday, February 19th, in the first ´aceNITE of the year 2020, artist in residence Ira Hoffecker presented her work Urban Layers.

Urban Layers (by Ira Hoffecker)

Urban Layers is a series of paintings with loose compositional associations to urban places through time. The work translates cities’ atmospheres through shapes, colors and marks that articulate the physicality, the vibrancy of consciously being in city complexes. I employed geometric shapes inherent in architecture and city maps, utilized color to portray distinctive city experiences. Many layers of abstracted elements of architecture provide the basis of my compositional language.

The work references urban structures, building frameworks, facades, silhouettes, in general. Places are overlaid with multiple histories, layers of paint cover and obscure but each coat is also informed by the previous layer. I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape. Historical, political and social impact and its effects on city identity through physical deviations of decay, a rebuild or destruction, covering or erasure, or reveal takes place concurrently and over time.

My research includes reading books about history, memory and memorials, books about architecture. My photographic study that represent city configurations enhance my perception of the identities of places. Walks through different cities in various neighborhoods allowed informed responses and association with my architecture, map and photographic studies. I am interested in memory and in studying how people commemorate history, therefore, in Buenos Aires I have specifically looked at memorials and its architecture as my source material. The work contains elements of the Parque De La Memoria, Plaza de Mayo, the memorial site of the secret detention camp El Vesubio and urban structures of the city of Buenos Aires.

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The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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