Friday, September 27, 2013

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by renowned American artist, Lawrence Gipe. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-7:30. The exhibition will continue through November 2, 2013.

Lawrence Gipe is an American Social Realist painter whose nostalgic images evoke a time of progression and uncertainty. His exploration of the aesthetic ideology of 20th century propaganda is an attempt to re-contextualize imagery that often doesn’t bear witness to the errors of history. Working from archival images from the early to mid 1900’s, his paintings breathe life into the monochromatic subjects. The style is reminiscent of early Impressionism; layered and textured brush strokes give each piece a soft focused reality. Gipe’s atmospheric paintings not only comment on the social context from which they are borrowed, but romanticize the tumultuous times within the socio-political imagery. Gipe’s work demonstrates the complimentary relationship between art and the understanding of history.

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Lawrence Gipe was born in Baltimore in 1962 and currently lives and works in Tucson, AZ, where he teaches painting at the University of Arizona. He has shown extensively throughout the US and abroad. His work has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, ArtSlant, Harper’s, Artforum, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. His work is in the museum collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kemper Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Yale University Library, Boise Art Museum, Federal Reserve Board, and Rutgers University. Gipe has shown with Hespe Gallery since 2008.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kim Cogan, Flotsam, September 5th-28th

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Kim Cogan. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The exhibition will continue until September 28, 2013.
San Francisco-based artist Kim Cogan drifts into an exploration of coastal landscapes in his new solo show, Flotsam. By observing the environments and structures seen along the coast, Cogan brings together the sensibilities and techniques he applied to create his atmospheric city scenes and kinetic wave paintings and seascapes.

Through his use of light, color and shadow, Cogan chooses to exaggerate a mood or overstate emotional content. “The painting is built up in several layers—some translucent, some opaque—in order to create depth,” says Cogan. “I often add or subtract details to focus the viewer on a specific area of the composition”. Cogan continues to astound with his remarkable handling of his materials and his insight into what makes a composition successful. This new body of work is his most dramatic to date, the glowing subject in stark contrast to the darkened plane of the surround. With this stylistic change, Cogan’s work takes on a haunting, ethereal quality.
Kim Cogan was born in Korea in 1977. He received a BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek, Harper’s, American Art Collector and SF Weekly. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives and works in San Francisco.