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Joshua Hogan
Pittsburgh, PA

About the Artist

Joshua Hogan was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and received his BA from Carlow College (now Carlow University). While at Carlow, he began a series of paintings inspired by his participation in the program, Semester at Sea. This journey to 15 countries, including Egypt, Vietnam, Turkey and Morocco, laid the foundation for the fluid shapes he creates today; a way to visually communicate his own interactions with people as well as the interactions he observes between people.

With a reality most akin to the Surrealists, Hogan’s painted shapes are a complex web of random exchanges that lie …

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About the Artist

Joshua Hogan was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and received his BA from Carlow College (now Carlow University). While at Carlow, he began a series of paintings inspired by his participation in the program, Semester at Sea. This journey to 15 countries, including Egypt, Vietnam, Turkey and Morocco, laid the foundation for the fluid shapes he creates today; a way to visually communicate his own interactions with people as well as the interactions he observes between people.

With a reality most akin to the Surrealists, Hogan’s painted shapes are a complex web of random exchanges that lie in the unconscious and its disruptive disconnection of signified relations. His paintings are an allegory for the interactions he experiences and the relationships between people in his own personal story. The act of painting requires the letting go of perceived memory in exchange for the opportunity to see something new. Painting is how he interprets the stories running through his mind that affect, form, and reshape his own sense-of-self. Some paintings begin with a personal feeling of disappointment but find resolution as the interaction of shapes find a sense of purpose. In other paintings, Hogan’s shapes can’t find resolution. Patterns interfere and cause delay in the ability to get attention or gain acceptance. The atmospheric shifts of color in his paintings introduce a new spectrum to the visible world and describe what it might look like to see through this world. Hogan embraces the fact that interactions between us are now also defined by the meeting of our projected selves. Although, it is often a troubling experience, he attempts to imagine and capture what it just might look like in this internet of things, all-at-once luminous space and data-space.

Artist’s Work

Of fairytales
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Of Fairytales

By Joshua Hogan

Of myths
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Of Myths

By Joshua Hogan

Repeated signal
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Repeated Signal

By Joshua Hogan

Fire of my words
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Fire of My Words

By Joshua Hogan

My love is a traveler
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My Love is a Traveler

By Joshua Hogan

Oblivions
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Oblivions

By Joshua Hogan

Sun in my mouth
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Sun in My Mouth

By Joshua Hogan

Before they fall
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Before They Fall

By Joshua Hogan

Long before the sky would open
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Long Before the Sky Would Open

By Joshua Hogan

Porter of blue light
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Porter of Blue Light

By Joshua Hogan

Forbidden colors
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Forbidden Colors

By Joshua Hogan

No secrets to conceal
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No Secrets to Conceal

By Joshua Hogan

Colliding on a backdrop of blue
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Colliding on a Backdrop of Blue

By Joshua Hogan

Chancing the counter balance
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Chancing the Counter Balance

By Joshua Hogan

Wanderlust 3
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Wanderlust

By Joshua Hogan

In phase
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In Phase

By Joshua Hogan

Skyseer
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SkySeer

By Joshua Hogan

Efflorescence 2
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Efflorescence

By Joshua Hogan

Visions and revisions
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Visions and Revisions

By Joshua Hogan

Cobalt in kerosene
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Cobalt in Kerosene

By Joshua Hogan

Social network
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Social Network

By Joshua Hogan

Bathed in phosphors
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Bathed in Phosphors

By Joshua Hogan

Rose madder
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Rose Madder

By Joshua Hogan

Tracking the sun
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Tracking the Sun

By Joshua Hogan

Charting a sustainable recourse
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Charting a Sustainable Recourse

By Joshua Hogan

Silver at dawn green at noon dark blue at evening
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Silver at Dawn, Green at Noon, Dark Blue at Evening

By Joshua Hogan

Sound and vision
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Sound and Vision

By Joshua Hogan

Timelessness
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Timelessness

By Joshua Hogan

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Pittsburgh Artists Exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach, The Bulletin, by John Kohl
    November 3, 2016
  • Art Talk: Joshua Hogan, UGallery Art Blog, by Margaretta Ryan
    August 24, 2016
  • Penn State New Kensington Exhibit, The Tribune Review, by Debbie Black
    July 12, 2015

Education

  • Carlow College, BA
    Pittsburgh PA,1997