"Warming Ms. Adams," Hope Gangloff 2011. courtesy <http://www.hopegangloff.com>
Hope Gangloff’s fourth solo show at Susan Inglett Gallery features seven large paintings. Gangloff’s work boasts exaggerated proportions and excellent line quality, no doubt a result of her work as an illustrator. Her figures have ivory skin and blue-black locks; she warms their complexion with ruby lips and touches of red and pick ruddiness. Gangloff’s obsession with the decorative and love affair with color brings to mind the work of Art Nouveau artists, particularly the patterning of Gustav Klimpt and angular figures of Egon Schiele.
"Lands End," Hope Gangloff 2011. courtesy <http://www.hopegangloff.com>
Gangloff’s current show at Susan Inglett Gallery seem surface at first. Seductive and well-painted, but a surface none the less. In Gangloff’s Lands End, a shaggy, twenty-something man melancholy drinks a beer in an Adirondack chair. In Warming Ms. Adams, A greasy-haired young woman leans on a footrest, her dress askew, revealing a peek of leg at the top of her stocking.
Gangloff’s figures are dressed in hip, vintage clothes. In Gangloff’s work setting is as important as figure, rooms filled with Salvation Army finds, bottles of booze, and packs of cigarettes. She displays moments from a Williamsburg-style life, and at first glance one may cringed at the work’s unabashed trendiness.
But Hope Gangloff’s paintings are so much more.
Gangloff is a mirror of the fractured world of many young adults in the form of psychologically heavy portraits. “The Great Recession” has left many jobless and seeking new paths. Gangloff represents this unwanted idle to a T. Her figures are languorous, painting them smoking and drinking, reading and painting.
"Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez)," Hope Gangloff 2011. courtesy <http://www.hopegangloff.com>
In Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez) a young man sits in a claw foot bathtub reading through a pile of newspapers, books, and magazines. Gangloff’s title “Freelancer” pointedly contextualizes the piece. Though “Mikey” soaks in the tub, Gangloff’s rendering portrays him not as leisurely and lazy, but as restless. The white top of the tub awkwardly encircles his long frame; the tub’s claw feet stand immobile.
Hope Gangloff has a concurrent solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut entitled Love Letters open through June 5th, 2011.
Hope Gangloff: http://www.hopegangloff.com
Susan Inglett Gallery: http://www.inglettgallery.com
The Aldrich Museum: http://www.aldrichart.org