Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Kim Cogan. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The exhibition will continue until October 2, 2012.
Kim Cogan’s newest works explore the beauty of nature. He has broadened his subject from the rigidity and structure of cityscapes to the rhythmic and unrelenting forms of the sea. A major influence on this series of paintings is great American painters such as Winslow Homer and Frederick Judd Waugh, whose scenes of the ocean aren’t pretty landscapes, but realistic images of the ferocity of the subject. Capturing the exuberance and movement of the subject presents the greatest challenge in trying to conform the image to a regular quadrilateral canvas. The ellipse format has been the perfect vehicle for this imagery. The fluid and animated movements of the waves are elegantly complemented by their oval surfaces, and the endlessly curving edge of the panels allows the viewer to continuously experience the work. What these works have in common with the cityscapes and still life paintings that he is so well known for, is their continued focus on the western edge of San Francisco. Cogan lives and works where San Francisco meets the ocean and he is captivated by the undulating force and treachery of the coastline.
Kim Cogan was born in Korea in 1977. He received a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek, Harper’s, American Art Collector, Elephant Magazine, SF Bay Guardian and SF Weekly. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives and works in San Francisco.