Sharon Hogg

2013 At The Regatta
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Constructed Canvas Collage
BOATRIDE!!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Constructed Canvas Collage
48x68 inches

The nose focused spirit
Overwhelming sensations accumulate
just a bit
in both the body
and the mind
as the world flashes
through
and by
But it leaves a trace
never really gone
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Skitterbrain - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
10x10 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Whaaat - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
8x10 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Bad Dog!!!, sketch for BOATRIDE!!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
12x13 inches

So this is Bad Dog!!! We were asked to provide one work for inclusion in the ACAD Grad Catalogue, which I found to be a really difficult task... so this is the one I came up with. It is a favorite because of the process-testing and working-stuff-out that went on in its creation. And because it was fun. I think that sums up the art school experience.

I use sketches to test out imagery....but that is the least of their usefulness. The important part is testing out the processes. The sketchy silk-screening of the background on the raw canvas. The drawing and painting of the figure in different thicknesses of acrylic paint from watered down and thin to heavy medium and thick. In this final iteration of the sketch the paint was thoroughly dried and then sanded with a rough-grit beltsander...I was really looking to convey the idea of motion, of a subject with a mind of its own that has no interest in pleasing or entertaining a viewer...except that,as the artist, I hope that it does.
If you want to see it....Here is the first iteration of this piece.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Bad Dog!!!, sketch for BOATRIDE!!! iteration 1
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
12x13 inches

I use sketches to test out imagery....but that is the least of their usefulness. The important part is testing out the processes. The sketchy silk-screening of the background on the raw canvas. The drawing and painting of the figure in different thicknesses of acrylic paint from watered down and thin to heavy medium and thick. In this first iteration of the sketch the silkscree, drawing and painting were done and then left for three months (in humidity-challenged Calgary). Later it would be sanded with a rough-grit beltsander...I was really looking to convey the idea of motion, of a subject with a mind of its own that has no interest in pleasing or entertaining a viewer...except that, as the artist, I hope that it does.
If you want to see it.... Here is the final iteration of this piece.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Coated Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Transparency and Drool - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Coated Canvas, Mounted on Panel
14x13 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Steady - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
12x11 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Windtraces - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
13x14 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Constructed Canvas Collage
BOATRIDE!!! - Dertail
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Constructed Canvas Collage
48x68 inches

Detail of erasures and collage.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
BOATRIDE!!! - Installed with Sketches
2012

I hope it is evident how the so-called sketches relate to the so-called finished work. They are small, they are graphically dissimilar, but they contain a clear connection to the meaning contained in both the process and the imagery of the series.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Coated Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Transparency and Drool - sketch for BOATRIDE!! - Installed
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Coated Canvas, Mounted on Panel
14x13 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Whaaat - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
8x12 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Bad Dog!!!, sketch for BOATRIDE!!! - Installed
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
12x13 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Windtraces - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
13x14 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
Steady - sketch for BOATRIDE!!
2012
Acrylic on Silkscreened Raw Canvas, Mounted on Panel
12x11 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
BOATRIDE!!! - Installed next to Or
2012

In this work, there is a physical exchange of energy between a body and the world which I relate to the work of Susan Rothenberg. Her work has a relationship to energy in the form of flesh and spirit. “It was important that I was painting something that was alive. I didn’t want to paint something inanimate. I needed flesh and spirit. I guess I wanted to paint the kind of energy you find in the real world rather than the abstracted world.”

Whether physical or intellectual, my work also tries to catch some kind of alive but frozen energy.

This work was exhibited in Again, You Paint What?, 2012
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
146x60 inches

Do Or Not Do
Do Or Die

Or, is about the sport of competitive rowing
Even if competition is with oneself
It is about stripped-down honesty in effort.

An event
A discrete timespan
A measured distance.
But compressed into a single frame

It is not about the start line or the finish line.
but about every instant and every inch in between.
More...
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Or sketch , detail, Repeats
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
13x48 inches

I was thinking about an often over-quoted idea:
We become what we repeatedly do.

The actual quote "The good of humanity is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a human blessed and happy" translated from Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7

Or maybe people are not quoting Aristotle but a 20th century translation by Will Durant: "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly." summation of Aristotle's ideas in Will Durant's, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers (1926) Ch. II: Aristotle and Greek Science; part VII: Ethics and the Nature of Happiness

For this piece, I wanted to somehow record the traces of this repeated and repeated and repeated activity as a striving to achieve the perfect line, the perfect arc, the perfect motion.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or, detail, Colour
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
146x60 inches

Colours Will Be Primary;

This is an exercise in first principles.
A test.
A quest.
This event, like every event, is a reinvention,
Right here,
Right now.
Tracing only the essentials,
It is a mental and physical quest to discover again,
The shortest distance between here and there.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or, detail, Gesture
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
146x60 inches

Human Gesture as Icon.

Depict a human doing something, but without really including the human figure. Hmmmmm. I was thinking of a painting called Improvisation 26. Vassily Kandinsky,1912. Huile sur toile, 97 x 107.5 cm.

We can tell, with little information, that people are rowing....just as we can just as we can tell from far down the street that someone is hailing a cab or waiting for their phone app to work. This is what I take from Kandinsky's 1912 improvisation. Check out this link but come back!!.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or, detail, Materials
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
146x60 inches

Materials Check

Layers, transparencies and a depth of materials.
Collaged surfaces, pigments, and substrate canvases
Underlying supports and means of construction clearly in evidence
check, check, check.

silkscreen on canvas
sewn canvas construction
hard edged acrylic paints
dry pigments encased in acrylic medium

I am looking for a distinctly separate, but tightly related, collage of materials to combine in a single focus image.

Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or, Detail , Traces
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
146x60 inches

Tracing Traces

One last theme that I want to explore throughout the At The Regatta series is:
The activity of tracing human impact on landscape and landscape’s impact on humanity.

Here are two quotes from Jane Urquhart's novel Away. that follows the lives of multiple generations women in a family. They highlight the contradictory notion of traces....things that lie beneath and are so deeply ingrained by repetition that they never really go away...........contrasted to the quickly faded surface traces of action and interaction.

“These women inhabited northern latitudes near icy waters. They were plagued by revenants. Men, landscapes, states of mind went away and came back again. Over the years, over the decades.”

"The three most short-lived traces: the trace of a bird on a branch, the trace of a fish on a pool, and the trace of a man on a woman."
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Or sketch , detail, traces
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
13x48 inches

The messy,
accumulated,
deeply ingrained traces
of our passing through the world

Somehow so fragile
so incoherent.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas
Or Installed with sketch
2013
Silkscreen, Ink and Acrylic on Constructed Canvas


In thinking about the 19th century novel Moby Dick, it is Melville’s heavy dichotomy between the characters Ishmael and Ahab that leaves me, the reader, in a precarious but deadlocked balance. This melodramatic polarization between the active and the contemplative is like walking on a tightrope with a heavy weight in each hand; a plunge into the dark abyss on either side is waiting should the balance be disturbed.

I, on the other hand, am looking for a much lighter metaphor, an airier threshold; one with much less gravity involved and not quite so grand a scale. Somewhere between the quest for the active physical accomplishment and the quest for the contemplative intellectual understanding is the threshold where I would like the larger works in the At The Regatta series to be positioned.

Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed - What is Optimist?
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

Optimist: is the name of a tiny sailboat design.

Optimist: is a class that is sailed and raced all over the world.

Optimist: is the boat that so many many sailors would have first sailed solo at the age of 7 to 10.

Optimist: I believe is a mental state that every sailor must inhabit before they can ever set sail.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

There is a literal materiality
and passage of time
in Optimist.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

I explore
the way we sense,
the way we accumulate, and
the way we might understand,
the forces of wind and water and light
that have acted
over a timespan of many years.

Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

I remember a conflation of all the
glorious sunny, windy days

But in an imperfect way that is prone to
erosion, bleaching and scouring

A by-product of that very sun and wind.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

There is a literal materiality
and passage of time
in Optimist.

I explore
the way we sense,
the way we accumulate, and
the way we might understand,
the forces of wind and water and light
that have acted
over a timespan of many years.

We remember a conflation of all the
glorious sunny, windy days

But in an imperfect way that is prone to
erosion, bleaching and scouring

A by-product of that very sun and wind.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

This work is intended to hang freely from its apex.
It is tensioned by wooden stays installed along the batten lines of the sail.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

And it is anchored by one corner to the ground with a bonafide boat anchor and mooring line.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
Optimist Installed
2012
Silkscreen on Vintage Laser Sail
240x72 inches

Here is the documentary photo of Optimist stretched out on a wall......However
By far its best intended installation would be to hang in the open space of a sailing venue atrium
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
Days of Sun and Wind - Canvas Set (Sketch 2, 7 and 1) Installed
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
Days of Sun and Wind - Canvas Set (Sketch 7, 5 and 2) Installed
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Acrylic and Silkscreen on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Linen Set (Sketch 4, 8 and 9) Installed
2013
Acrylic and Silkscreen on Bleached Linen
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
Days of Sun and Wind - Canvas Sketch 6 Installed
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta
Days of Sun and Wind - Linen Set (Sketch 3 and 8) Installed
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - sketch 1 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18 inches

Simple silkscreen shapes,
Some completely defined and heavily applied
Some lightly applied, not so deeply ingrained
The shape of the sail is
Nothing but
The background linen
Because it just is
The background


The process test?

Heavy acrylic paint
Applied to the foreground
And then forcibly removed
With a belt sander.

A shiny layer of Roplex
glosses over
The violent erasure
filtering out the
damage.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - sketch 2 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18 inches

Shapes look
upward and outward
to a distance

Rock, cloud, sail, sea
Equal weight
Equal definition
Equal density


The process test?

White ink on white canvas;
can it hold its ground
against the raw canvas sail?

And pure gel tar texture
winds through
the foreground water
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - sketch 3 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18 inches

Foregrounded.
Wind propels
water and sail alike.


The process test?

Fibre paste transforms the ground to paper.
Watered down acrylic clings to paper
Between the plastic of the full acrylic layers

Lightly sanded erasures
Foreboded.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Sketch 4 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18 inches

Remembered sky
Ingrained through
much repeating.

While details
of the foreground
fade to white


The process test?

Lighter and lighter application
of the silkscreen inks
while progressing toward
the foreground.
Very thin crackle paste and water
emphasize the fuzziness
that appears when trying too hard
to examine the details
up too close.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Sketch 5 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18 inches

Distant 2D shapes
of remembered scapes
give way to textured weather
in the more up close
and physical foreground.


The process test?

A diagonal slice of
more sketchy silkscreen.
Thick molding paste
added and scraped away
then thinly covered
by watery paint
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Sketch 6 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18 inches

How large can the raw canvas sail be,
budging the other shapes away,
before it engulfs and destroys,
the entire image.


The process test?

Overlapping newsprint stencils
Crashing into each other.

thin water based acrylic
covers fibre paste
sandpaper removes them.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - sketch 7 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18 inches

Multiple sails
One boat remembering many trips
Or many boats together?


The process test?

Only the rocks are solid.
Water and air are harder
to define.

A shiny layer of Roplex
some very thick, some lightly
over all
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - sketch 8 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18 inches

Edges fade
Edges blend
Edges jar
The perfect fit always elusive.


The process test?

Edges that challenge
through fade and fit.
Loud presence of
pure white linen.
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Sketch 9 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches

Three sails on the water
All on the same tack
No, no
its not a race.


The process test?

Measured lines of linen
in both the water and the sky
but then who's measuring?

Molding paste foreground texture
very thin middleground
silkscreen application
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - sketch 1 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 2 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 3 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 4 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 5 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 6 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 7 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Raw Canvas
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 8 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches
Sharon Hogg 2013 At The Regatta Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
Days of Sun and Wind - Installed - Sketch 9 for Optimist
2011
Silkscreen and Acrylic on Bleached Linen
12x18x2 inches