Born in Amityville, New York in 1974, Hope Gangloff’s childhood seems to weirdly coincide with the publication and subsequent production of the Amityville Horror books, movies and murders. Chalking this up to an unrelated coincidence, let us resume Gangloff’s “normal biography”. Based in New York City, the artist is currently represented by Art Department, Richard Heller Gallery and Susan Inglett Gallery.
Hope Gangloff is known for creating vibrant and truthful portraits of her friends as a way to share her view of modern American life. The subject matter often captures a generation in flux, a certain type of youth affected by the waning economy and obsession with material goods. The representation of such excess culminates in her aptly named canvas, “Bourgeois Landfill”.
Gangloff’s pitch-perfect, highly detailed portraits are not characters of individuals, but illustrations of an exact likeness and eternal stamps of a moment’s mood. Her confluence of seemingly disparate, pale yet over-saturated colors on the canvas reminds me of Maurice Denis of “Les Nabis”, while her matter-of-fact representation of sketching, sometimes sexual, bodies echoes Egon Schiele. Her color are so honest, that skin looks vaguely bruised, imperfections apparent in all their creased and jaundiced glory.
LET’S LIVE IN HOPE’S WORLD!
ONE: 19c Napoleon III Chaise Lounge with Toile / TWO: 6 ft. Tall Four Seasons Flowers Screen from Oriental Furniture / THREE: In2Green Eco Fish Cotton Throw Blanket / FOUR Lamb Fur Wool Pillows, Set of 2, in Blue and Grey
ONE: Lasko 754200 Ceramic Space Heater with Adjustable Thermostat / TWO: BRESCIANI Ribbed Knee-Length Fine-Cotton Socks in Brown / THREE: AERIE Floral Loop Scarf in Princess Blue / FOUR: Mohawk Ziggidy Tangerine Rug / FIVE: Pierce Ottoman in Mist from Williams Sonoma Home
P.S. As if Gangloff weren’t already cool enough, her father-in-law, Bruce Degen, is the original book illustrator for the Magic School Bus series.