55 Fifth Avenue New York, New York

June 12, 2023 – December 21, 2023

Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings is pleased to announce the newest exhibition in the lobby at 55 Fifth Avenue, Camille Hoffman, Listen Lines.

Camille Hoffman’s multi-layered and immersive installations transcend traditional artistic boundaries and invite viewers into an exploration of the physical, personal, and historical spaces they occupy. For her newest installation in the lobby of 55 Fifth Avenue, Hoffman draws on a prompt that she has used in her teaching practice for the past decade, “listen lines,” which encourages her students to focus on the lines they create in response to the music they hear, as well as close observation of the delicate cracks they observed in their daily environments. The exhibition, Listen Lines, expands on this concept, delving into the notion of how one can truly listen to the land and the temporal dimensions embedded within it.

Using images of cityscapes, waterscapes, and sky collaged onto the wall, Listen Lines invites viewers to consider the convergence of multiple landscapes represented and how they can both harmoniously coexist and rupture. The visual textures of vinyl and paint collide into each other in moments of peaceful, tropical sunsets and rocky planes, at times ruffled onto the wall creating physical dimension that expand on the movement of the space. Playing with perspective, the images oscillate between magnified details of a stone surface to panoramic views – reinforcing the breakdown of hierarchy in the importance of looking at both the micro and the macro. As Hoffman notes, her works are “Layered geographies, in which these fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes….Scraps of materials take on new life, becoming a vehicle of territorial reclamation and spiritual agency amid the pressures of climate change as well as political and economic globalization.”

At the center of the exhibition is the powerful motif of the spiral, representing both the passage of time and the act of listening. Hoffman explores how time functions within the land, akin to a timeline, through the lens of a spiral. While a circle perpetually spins in a loop, a spiral signifies constant evolution and progression. By integrating the lobby’s architecture, particularly the curved wall and circular pillar, Hoffman creates an immersive experience where viewers can contemplate how a horizon line operates within a spiral, challenging conventional linear understandings. Here, looking can be a form of listening and a means of transcending time and space. Listen Lines immerses the audience in a visual melody that invites contemplation and introspection.


Camille Hoffman (b.1987 Chicago, IL) earned an MFA from Yale University (2015), a BFA from California College of the Arts (2009), and was a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting from Yale University, a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the Van Lier Fellowship from the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured in publications including Art in America, the Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and The New Yorker. Solo exhibitions include Motherlands at Form & Concept (2022), See and Missed at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (2022), Landing For Lolo at NADA House Governors Island (2021), Excelsior: Ever Upward, Ever Afloat at the Queens Museum (2019), and Pieceable Kingdom at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (2018). Hoffman has been an artist-in-residence at Fountainhead, Miami, FL (2021), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council SU-CASA (2019), Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY (2018), Wave Hill Winter Workspace, Bronx, NY (2018), QueenSpace, Long Island City, NY (2017), Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (2017), and Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs, New Haven, CT (2015). Hoffman has also worked for over 16 years as an arts educator in Phoenix, the SF Bay Area, New Haven, and New York City. She currently lives and works in New York, NY and teaches at The Cooper Union and Yale University.


Camille Hoffman, Listen Lines is curated by Tessa Ferreyros and sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-inBuildings. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and guests. Founded in 1966, Time Equities, Inc. (“TEI”) has been in the real estate investment, development, and asset and property management business for more than 50 years. TEI currently holds in its own portfolio approximately 36 million square feet of residential, industrial, office and retail property including about 5,000 multi-family apartment units, approximately 580,000 square feet in pending acquisitions, and 1.7 million square feet of various property types in stages of pre-development and development. With 327 properties across 33 states, 5 Canadian provinces, Anguilla, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Scotland, the TEI portfolio benefits from a diversity of property types, sizes and markets. There are concentrations in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West Coast of the U.S., and new markets around the world are always being evaluated.

Images: Listen Lines, Installation views, 2023, Mixed media, Dimensions variable. Photos by Greg Carideo.

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