Friday 17 January – Friday 28 February
A practicing artist for 25 years, Gavin has exhibited widely in Ireland (EVA award winner 1993) and his work is included in many public and private collections. Printmaking is also an important part of his practice, showing regularly in the graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin and participating in group shows in Berlin and London in 2012 and an Open Studio in New York in 2012 and 2013. Since 2007, he has been working to create a broader, more encompassing visual language. He completed a course in Jungian Psychology in 2012 which has had a major impact on his recent work. www.gavinhogg.com
Exhibition Reception on Wednesday 12 February, 7pm
I get up in the morning and I make, and the answer as to why I make is easy; it is simply good to make, to craft anything from its beginning to end, is a pleasant and satisfying thing to do.
Why do I make what I make? is perhaps harder to answer in a straightforward manner. The question moves from the general to the particular but at the same time, I don’t think what I make is particularly obscure. The work is certainly intended to be readily accessible to the casual viewer. The elements within the work are recognisable even if their relationships to each other are uncertain. But this ambiguity is meant as a positive quality, creating room for conversation or imaginative play with the work.
The work is first of all designed. It is drawn and it is planned, it is printed, collaged and painted and the intention is that the work is attractive and will reward time spent by the viewer in looking and considering a possible meaning. It works like this because, I, as the work’s first audience, look at it just like that.
When I say that I design the work and enjoy the satisfaction of making and completing a piece, that doesn’t mean I know exactly what I am doing, as I visually juxtapose one element with another, or what the work is ultimately about. I have an idea or intuition, but the meaning is another question and the real adventure, the real excitement is making something that I didn’t expect to. The trick as an artist is to try and work just beyond the limitations of what I know, in order to learn more, but also to play and explore and discover possibilities that I might not have considered.
This process of making and play has become a very particular kind of dialogue or conversation between myself and the work. It is a conversation between conscious and unconscious energies, which I am trying to understand and also the importance of dreams and symbols, as a means to better understanding the world and how I and it functions.