Hofmann’s theory of pushing and pulling a composition on a two-dimensional surface is best understood when working from life. The course begins with a lecture on Hofmann’s push/pull theory by viewing his work and his students’ work (Search for the Real) in the PAAM collection. You will draw to warm up through guided exercise, real-time critique and affirming feedback. Each artist, no matter what their level of experience, will leave with a direct experience of the natural law of push/pull and how it shaped modern art; and, how it will shape you.
Laura Shabott discovered Provincetown and settled there while finishing her diploma from the SMFA at TUFTS. About her work, Emily Mergel writes in Artscope Magazine “Shabott continually draws inspiration from abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann and breaks forms into their most evocative essentials…She seizes the opportunity to burst the gallery walls, speaking with intentional gesture in visual vocabulary all her own.”
Shabott shows with Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown; with exhibits at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Ely Center for Contemporary Arts (New Haven), Fine Arts Work Center, Four Eleven Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
Alana Barrett is a multidisciplinary artist that works across a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional mediums, including paint, woodworking, electronics and fabrics. Her work spans a variety of subject matter from robotic sculptures to hard-edged abstract paintings. All of her work, however, is united by playful spatial relationships, whimsical perspectives, and her curious nature and willingness to experiment.
She is currently teaching art courses on topics such as abstract art, Han’s Hofmann’s principle of “push/pull”, figurative expression, color theory, and more, at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and The Art Guild.
She also works as a leader and creator of “The Art Hang” – a free online community course that aims to harness the social power of art in order to decolonize, democratize, and discuss creative fields.
Alana is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, with an undergraduate degree in Studio Art.