Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Dakota Fine Art Featured Artist: Meet Mitchel Hoffart

by Gabrielle Hersch | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Arts | March 27th, 2019

By Mitchel Hofart

This month at Dakota Fine Art gallery be sure to check out guest artist Mitchel Hoffart’s exhibition, “Flora, Fauna, and the Abstract World.” Hoffart, who lives in Moorhead, is a mixed media artist with an extensive and diverse body of work and a long and growing list of exhibitions and awards.

While Hoffart says it’s impossible to pin down his art into a specific category, he does work with some recurring themes. After being commissioned to create a multitude of 12x12 elk paintings for a friend in 2016, recent years have seen Hoffart exploring the horizon line.

“I can’t really say where I get my ideas from,” Hoffart said, “but I have a dear sister that had been perusing some of my work and said that she had noticed a predominant feature in there, which is that’s there’s almost always a horizon line.

“How can I not put in horizon lines?"Hoffart mused. "Especially living around here. And of course, I grew up in North Dakota. You have that horizon line burned into you. When we were kids traveling to grandma and grandpa’s, we’d be crammed in the backseat. Looking out the window you just see this horizon line going by for two hours straight. It forms in your head as a youngster, you know?”

2017 and 2018, then, saw Hoffart creating many different works based on exploring this horizon line. “I bet I started around 30 paintings,” he said. “It was liberating, but I wasn’t real satisfied with a lot of the work.”

In talking to Hoffart about his work, it became clear that he sees it on a constant path of progression, movement, and change. In his studio now, several pieces – that once had been declared finished and signed – hang on the walls, ready to be reworked.

“These two paintings were finished paintings,” Hoffart said as he showed me some of his current projects, “and I didn’t like them, so I just redid them.”

Just as layering and editing are constant processes in each new piece, Hoffart is never afraid to pick up a finished piece again, layering the new with the old. If he’s not satisfied, he goes back and spends countless hours to turn each piece into something he’s pleased with. Any artist out there knows how difficult it can be to not through their unsatisfactory work in the trash, so Hoffart’s dedication to his work incredibly admirable.

Prior to this liberating frenzy of horizon line exploration, Hoffart says he’d never really done abstractions before.

“It was kind of a learning experience for me too, because I was teaching myself a new technique,” he said.

Hoffart considers himself more of a mixed media artist than purely a painter and his art often features toner transfers, layering, and photography. Recently he’s been experimenting with haikus, cleverly hiding them within his pieces.

In addition to the horizon line, forms of birds, bison, and elk are at home in Hoffart’s art, as our political sentiments. Usually coming across in his titles, Hoffart relates his work to contemporary issues in politics, evident in “Circus Tent White House,” and science, as seen in “We, Can’t See Gravity and Many Other Things.”

Currently viewing at Dakota Fine Art, among other pieces, are some of Hoffart’s brilliantly aesthetic abstractions. These pieces stand out among his other work with their playful yet somber colors, thoughtful lines, and geometric yet surprising forms.

While Hoffart’s exhibit will run through June 1st at Dakota Fine Art Gallery, you can meet him yourself at the opening reception this Thursday, March 28th. At the reception (which will run from 5-7 p.m.), guests will even have a chance to win one of Hoffart’s pieces. Hoffart donated the incredible “Sitting Bull with Stars,” an archival pigment print, as a token of his appreciation for supporting his exhibition. You can find more of Mitchel Hoffart’s work in his online gallery

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Mitchel Hoffart reception

Thursday, March 28, 5-7 p.m.

Dakota Fine Art, 11 8th St. S, Fargo

Recently in:

News

Birds of a Feather

by Jim Fuglie

It’s time for an update on Meridian Energy Group and the Davis Refinery. You probably remember them, although it’s been a while since I last wrote about them. Meridian is the California/Texas company that wants to build an oil…

by Taylor Markel taylormarkel@cableone.netWhat began as a single weekend of wintry activities, has now, for the first time in its history, snowballed into a multi-week celebration of all things winter! With countless, exhilarating…

Thursday, January 30, 7- 10 pmThe Fargo Theatre, 314 N Broadway, FargoKevin Smith is coming to town to show his latest and greatest motion picture, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” Followed by a Q&A. Can you believe Jay and Silent…

by Erin Thostensonphoto by Erin Thostenson, Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.ErinAT@far.midco.net I've lived most of my life in Fargo, but I attended La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia last year to finish my degree in…

Whatta Deal! A Heart Transplant Only Runs $1,698,831.13!Ten years ago our life expectancy plateaued—and then we started to lose years of life. Every other industrialized country has gained years. A study claims this has happened…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

by Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comHave any good stories from Ralph’s Corner Bar? The Historical Society of Clay County wants to bring us back in time to the Moorhead favorite and they need the local’s help. Musicians,…

Music

Here’s to the ladies

by HPR Contributor

by Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comDeb Jenkins returns for a 23rd year of celebrating Fargo’s Women- and their music. The story is old news now, Deb tells me over the phone as I ask her- how did this start? 23 years ago, she…

Nearly one year ago, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s stunning documentary “Honeyland” collected a trio of awards following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Those accolades, including special jury…

“Surrealism permeates--there’s a legacy there with contemporary art where they’re still trying to capture or convey something that can’t quite be fully understood without the existence of that thing that you can’t fully…

by Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comHigh Plains Reader spoke to Act Up Theatre board member Jackie Shaw, about the fundraiser "Kabaret for Kaleidoscope" at the TAK Music Venue.High Plains Reader: How did the idea for this show come…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

Even though it didn’t officially open until February 1st of last year, Moorhead bar Harold’s on Main had been under discussion for several years beforehand by its owners. Longtime friends and musicians Eric Odness, Rob Pope,…

Wellness

Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

by Karen Andersonkartcone@gmail.comCongratulations to the Fargo School District for opening up a discussion regarding today’s students as covered in the January 7, Barry Amundson article “Social, emotional learning a forefront…