#1 Kathi Hofer

"Für Caroline", 2015.


Foto © Kathi Hofer

Foto © Kathi Hofer



Realizing a commissioned work involves an act of empathy. Making art work is, in most instances, a service-based enterprise. In the case of an art commission, this undercurrent is being channeled and directly addressed. It can even get a little personal, which is where the fun starts… Taking into consideration the specifics of the context as well as the client’s tastes and preferences becomes a profitable venture. And, similar to the giving of a gift, it can also be personally very rewarding to make the recipient happy.

For you, Caroline: a present wrapped in white paper, with ribbons and a pattern of silver hearts. It is a minimalistic object, yet can be viewed literally & purely symbolically as well. I hope you like it!



Kathi Hofer (b. 1981, Hallein, AT) is an artist based in Vienna and Berlin. Her practice involves photography, installation, bricolage, and writing. Her work has been exhibited at MAK – Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (Vienna), 21er Haus (Vienna), abc – art berlin contemporary (Berlin), Museum der Moderne (Salzburg), Spalt Haus (Etsdorf/Kamp), Lothringer13_Laden (Munich), and the 2015 Vienna Biennale. Since 2006 she has contributed critical writing to springerinTexte zur KunstCamera Austria International, and other publications. She is represented by Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna.