This series of works on paper began in 2008 while Hogan worked on the paintings for his series entitled "Ruins of Rationality." As the small works progressed, Hogan was reminded of his earlier earth-colored paintings largely inspired by the idea that true magnificence often resides in the mundane trivialities of the day-to-day.


Four years later, Hogan added final subtle detail to the graphite drawings and had them framed for exhibition. Later that day he read the article "The Many Sides of Jack Dorsey" in the June 2012 issue of Wired Magazine. The article provided this series of work its name, Wabi Sabi, and made him think about how such a profound understanding of an aesthetic should be applied to all innovation.


For Hogan, Wabi Sabi represents his genuine attempt to speak to his viewers through a mutual understanding of his private emotions. An authenticity that comes from three realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect, Hogan's works on paper are muted and subtle, organic and unforced, asymmetrical and simple. He hopes that his viewers can still feel the beauty in the darkness.

Hold on... remember wonder.



Wired Magazine, The Many Sides of Jack Dorsey, by Steven Levy 6.22.12

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