Mar 04 — Apr 08
For his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Greg Bogin maintains a laser-focus on the duo-toned shaped canvas. Entitled all together, the group of paintings, in palette and form, evokes the nostalgic uplift of vintage children’s television and its attendant message of inclusiveness and a common good.
Bogin’s career-spanning commitment to slight variations in color and form are often quite subtle. As such, the appearance here of dramatic cutaways and interior voids in the paintings feels like a rupture of real magnitude. These spaces enlist the wall itself as a component of the composition and draw our attention to the fact of the canvas pulled taught over graceful curves and layer upon layer of sprayed pigment and clearcoat.
A majority of the work engages the traditional, landscape-format rectangle. In removing large areas of the surface, Bogin infiltrates painting’s established parameters and nods to the current erosion of societal structures. In this manner, the artist hints at a broader intention for the work. As the artist puts it,
“I grew up during a time of great social change and turbulence. People of my parents’ generation wanted the world to change for the better, to be more just and more inclusive. They sought a world with more love and less war and for an expansion of consciousness and kindness. As a result, the culture began to reflect this atmosphere, with TV shows like Electric Company and Sesame Street and books like “The Giving Tree” encouraging these values in my generation. The paintings attempt to tap into this spirit.”
While always pushing himself toward incremental innovation, the artist has, in this way, begun a healthy interrogation of his own motives. What does it mean to make these joyful, lovingly-crafted objects in a time of political upheaval? Is it permissible? Ethical? all together’s answer is to fight the gloom with goodwill, and darkness with dayglo dazzle and an implied message of hope.