Kim Cogan’s “Here Nor There.”

    Opening on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California is artist Kim Cogans sublime solo exhibition, “Here Nor There.”

    For his latest collection of paintings, the artist depicts a vision of the city that is both lived-through and longed-for.

    With fluency and warmth, Cogan ruminates on his connection to the city and what it means to have a sense of place during a time of isolation and distance.  Substituting discovery with longing, the artist is drawn to places long established and frequently visited, yet still somehow remaining out of reach. Vacant, boarded up storefronts, dismantled landmarks—these spaces beckon vividly even as they seem to shut us out.

    Cogan’s process is fluid and spontaneous. Definition emerges over layers of broad brushstrokes. Colors blend and transform over time, illuminating images into view. He elects to idealize, with his expressive use of light and tone, places that hold special meaning, as in the painting Edge of the World where vintage cars transport viewers to a nostalgic state of mind, as do hazy street corners and city skylines. While dream-like, Cogan’s work is also haunted by the urgency of reality.

    Portraying the emotional relationship between time, place and memory is central to Cogan’s work. While isolation caused by the pandemic has separated the artist’s connection to his city, it has also sharpened his creativity into something more vivid. As the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan wrote, “Here is a seeming paradox: thought creates distance and destroys the immediacy of direct experience, yet it is by thoughtful reflection that the elusive moments of the past draw near to us in present reality and gain a measure of permanence.”


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    Me gusta inspirarme en artistas que, de un modo u otro, son poco conocidos o que he descubierto gracias a internet. William Heath Robinson es uno de éllos. Artista inglés de principios del siglo XX,publicó, principalmente, magníficas ilustraciones para libros, pero destacaría sus dibujos humorísticos de inventos y máquinas absurdas, mecanismos rebuscados dibujados con cuidadoso detalle. El dibujo que acompaña a este texto ( un fanart, si se quiere ) está inspirado en " The flame tree", si no me equivoco. Al margen de sus ilustraciones para libros, Heath realizó dibujos humorísticos para periódicos de la época, e inspiró a muchos artistas. Dueño de un trazo vigoroso y exacto, William Heath Robinson podría ser un exponente primitivo de la llamada " linea clara " tan popular en los comics franco-belgas. Así, la ausencia de sombreado, el detalle realista mezclado con rasgos caricaturescos de sus ilustraciones, siempre limpias a pesar de la complejidad que reflejan, la perspectiva acomodada a cada uno de los escenarios para ofrecer un mejor punto de vista, hace interesantísimo el trabajo de este prodigioso artista. ‐---------------------------- I like to be inspired by artists who, in one way or another, are little known or that I have discovered thanks to the internet. William Heath Robinson is one of them. An English artist of the early 20th century, he published, mainly, magnificent illustrations for books, but would highlight his humorous drawings of absurd inventions and machines, elaborate mechanisms drawn with careful detail. The drawing that accompanies this text (a fanart, if you will) is inspired by "The flame tree", if I'm not mistaken. Besides his illustrations for books, Heath made humorous pictures for newspapers of the time, and inspired many artists. Owner of a vigorous and exact line, William Heath Robinson could be a primitive exponent of the so-called "clear line" so popular in Fremch-Belgian comics. Thus, the absence of shading, the realistic detail mixed with caricatural features of his illustrations, always clean despite the complexity they reflect, the perspective adapted to each of the scenarios to offer a better point of view, makes the work of this wonderful artist.

    Katsushika Hokusai Evolution of Wave Expressions 葛飾北斎 波の表現の進化

  • Age 33 Spring at Enoshima, from the album The Threads of the Willow c1792 江ノ島春望 狂歌絵本 柳の糸
  • Age 44 View of Honmoku off Kanagawa c1803 賀奈川沖本杢之図
  • Age 46 Fast Cargo Boat Battling The Waves c1805 おしおくりはとうつうせんのづ
  • Age 55 Hokusai Manga Chapter 7 extract c1814 北斎漫画 7編
  • Age 72 (The Awakened) The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the first print in Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series c1831 冨嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏