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Chicago’s Gallery KH Presents Carolyn Cole & Hans Hofmann: COLOR

Gallery KH is pleased to present COLOR: a vivid juxtaposition of new works by Carolyn Cole and Hans Hofmann original works on paper, opening September 11 through October 27, 2009. An opening night cocktail reception is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009, 5-8PM. The opening is free and open to the public.

“The colorful presence of Carolyn Cole’s canvases will be a fantastic way to start the Fall gallery season. We have an extra special event coinciding with Cole’s show, which includes several original Hans Hofmann works on paper. The liveliness of these works juxtaposed with Cole’s layered canvases will surely engage all types of critics- veteran and novice alike,” says Kristen Hagan, Gallery KH Co-Director.

Beginning each piece on canvas or paper, Portland Oregon artist Carolyn Cole paints on collaged papers over and over, continuing until a rich texture emerges. The collaged essentials under the painted surfaces feature acrylics, pencils, and charcoals, handwritten letters, old books, and used envelopes. By building up layers of paint and collage, the paintings become infused with a cultural history, at the same time allowing the viewer to create a personal history. States Cole, “This series of paintings reveals the introspective part of my personality. Each one is inspired by its collaged elements and the layers from my past and present. I hope that they reflect my intense desire to paint and my intense need to create work that expresses that desire.”

Hans Hofmann is one of the most significant figures of postwar American art. Renowned for his energetic and color-drenched works, Hofmann was also celebrated as an influential teacher for generations of artists and played a crucial role in the expansion of the Abstract Expressionism movement. For all his connections to that movement, and to abstraction itself, his work was nonetheless and by his own admission firmly rooted in the visible world. He combined Cubist structure and intense Fauvist color into a highly personal visual language with which he endlessly explored pictorial structures and chromatic relationships.