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Patrick Hogan

Tortue Gallery

Throughout his too-short career, Patrick Hogan’s physical limitations determined his working method. All his adult life he worked from a wheel chair. Early on, when he had some use of his hands, he produced paintings on raw felt and kapok. He would brand canvases with a glob or two of paint, gestures that took the form of willful smears. These paintings are blunt, minimal, and somewhat surreal. The acrylic brushstrokes seem to float off the cloudlike surfaces.

Eventually Hogan devised a method of painting whereby an assistant would execute his work, yet no trace of the assistant’s touch would be visible. It worked like this: rope was wrapped around a fat barrel and painted according to Hogan’s instructions. Then it was unwound and nailed to a plywood support in geometric configurations. All this was intricately thought out in advance. Hogan filled in the nonroped centers with shallow pools

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