Hashimoto Contemporary 804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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New artworks by Kim Cogan
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco
Artist Kim Cogan explores the iconography of our memories in his first solo exhibition in
San Francisco in over 5 years.
Flashback is both a consequence of Cogan’s earlier works dealing with time, memory
and place as a source of meaning—and it is also the inception of a new inquiry on
imagery over form. What icons trigger nostalgia in us? Is it merely the representations of
familiar places and objects, or is it the expression of color and light that evoke our
Steeped in the city’s obscure enclaves and outer landscapes, Cogan is immersed in a
San Francisco seemingly bygone. Artifacts of the present transport us back to a time
and place at once familiar and incomplete. Witnessing the vanishing architecture of our
streets can activate recollections of the past akin to discovering a long-lost photograph
of a childhood memory.
Just as deliberate as Cogan’s selection of icons is his attention to composition and
technique. As an artist, Cogan has always exploited paint’s tactile form 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.” His aim is not
merely to reproduce a literal translation of a scene, rather it is to elicit a response
through a complete visual experience.
Cogan’s work reminds us that, in this inescapable race forward, our experience of
contemporary life and art draws much more from our understanding of the past than our
untethered ideas of the future.
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