From December 10th, 2019 to January 17, 2020, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Joshua Hogan : 33 on exhibit in our main gallery.
There are three large windows in Joshua Hogan’s art studio. As the sun rises, the trio admits the light caught in the morning air and the street scenes of Bloomfield. Perched from his 3rd story studio, Hogan can watch passengers as they pass by below. He has a unique vantage point of the observed street. He can watch the web, or, the way and the wayfarers.
The word “wayfarers” carries a remarkable significance for Hogan. He calls the shapes in his paintings wayfarers because they model the meshwork of social life. We are both path and pedestrian, “way and wayfarer.” This truth of interconnectivity translates directly into his paintings. “The shapes in my paintings interact and communicate with each other. I intend for these shapes — my ‘wayfarers’ — to illuminate how every choice and action we make affects other people,” Hogan explains.
The artists who have most influenced him are ones who, as he says, “express the feeling of something, more than just paint on a surface.” These artists – Turner, Gorky, and Monet – have a soft presence in his paintings. In spite of these recognizable influences, Hogan’s aesthetic slips away from any single stylistic bracket. His paintings have relics from various movements – but, his reality is most akin to the Surrealists. Hogan’s shapes are a complex web of random exchanges that lie in the unconscious and its disruptive disconnection of signified relations.
His richly influenced style also comes from his own personal journeys. His path has led him to various countries – Egypt, Morocco, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam – that have all inspired his art. “[The trip] laid a foundation for the shapes I continue to create to today,” he says.
Hogan places the shapes he has gathered from around the world and creates a metaphor for the way that all things relate. His paintings invoke concealed connections; they tie together things that are unlikely and distant. As if you are flying over the 3rd story, or the rooftop, or higher, Hogan’s paintings show a vantage point where, when you look down, everything is rendered into incredible abstraction and we are all the delicate shapes that float together on an earthen background.