Reilly Hoffman is the winner of the A. Zahner Sculpture competition, which was the focal point of the 2007 KCAI Art and Design Auction. His interest in sculpture began at age 10 when he started working in the foundry of bronze sculptor, Hank Kaminski in his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. A strong work ethic was always encouraged at home and Reilly held jobs that were construction related. Producing large heavy sculptures seems to be a natural fit, given his experience with physical labor. All of his past experiences have helped to develop his artistic style.
The 1300 pound “Anagenisi apo Koinonia” is massive yet elegant. The Greek word Koinonia holds several interpretations meaning fellowship, communion, or relationships between people. For Reilly it represents a fellowship bound by another’s soul outside of sheer physicality. Anagenisi means rebirth. Feathers that came from steel, cut by flames are reminiscent of a rebirth, like that of the Phoenix, a bird that casts itself into flames to be reborn from its own ashes. The rebirth of fellowship was the driving force in creating this piece. Hoffman cut 150 feathers but used only 110 in the fabrication of this piece. The remaining feathers were given away to the people with whom he felt an important connection, both professionally and personally, in an act of communion or “koinonia”.
This work of art was originally part of the Leawood Art on Loan program. At the time of installation Hoffman was a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute. It was the first time Art on Loan was made possible through a cooperative effort of APPI with the Kansas City Art Institute and the KCAI Sculpture Department Chair, Michael Wickerson. Following the loan period, during which the piece evoked overwhelming positive response, it was purchased by the City.