Sound of Afternoon

about Hope Gangloff

Coming across the works of Hope Gangloff, is a bit like being enveloped by the refreshing embrace of your place, maybe after a hard day out in the city. Like getting settled in your favorite corner, making a cup of something, putting on a record and leaving everything behind. Everything tastes like afternoon, and we’d love to thank her for having inspired our own.

Hope uses form to buttress her compositional strategies. She wields the brush like a pen using small, tight strokes to convey a speed which belies the delicacy and deliberation that establish them as sites of optic pleasure. In recent years her palette has brightened and the requisite use of pattern has been taken to new heights, creating a visual narrative that triangulates the viewer in a relationship between style and subject matter.




Her frontal, direct and focused paintings recall August Sander approach to portraiture. The model becomes an archetype under her gaze. Subjects are platonic forms cast into the contemporary; think the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover. But more than bloodless ciphers, these individuals have a story to tell which Hope relays through expression, posture and textured nuanced detail. No clue is left to chance but plays a role in the bigger picture. These are psychological portraits that remain timeless depictions of a modern taxonomy, employing form as style, and style as form.

Born in 1974 in Amityville, NY, she is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art and Science and has exhibited nationally, most recently in solo shows at the Broad Art Museum, MI; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO.






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