Guy Hepner is excited to announce our first fall exhibition Color Construction opening at Guy Hepner New York City, September 12th, 2019.
The exhibition will focus on the analysis of the visual languages created by Damien Hirst and Keith Haring throughout their body of work. Both artists are able to expand their reach universally by creating systems of language built upon color blocking, iconography, and mathematical coding.
American artist and social activist Keith Haring was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. From a young age, he showed a fondness for line drawing and adored the pop culture imagery of Dr. Seuss and Disney. His father, Allen Haring, was a cartoonist who may have been an inspiration for Haring to chase and pursue his artistic talents. Symbolism was especially significant in Haring’s works, with diverse shapes, designs, and motifs bearing varying meanings.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and in 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college. The spot prints are amongst Hirst’s most widely recognized works. “To create that structure, to do those colors, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.” Hirst explains that “ mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format.“
Color Constructions will be on view at Guy Hepner NYC through October 25th, with original works for sale.
Guy Hepner is open to the public Monday– Friday 10am-5pm, and via appointment at all other times. Please join us for the opening reception.