“Galàpagos,” an exhibit of vibrant colors and tropical memories by Professor of Art and Architecture Michael Bogin, will be on display in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House until Friday, Dec. 2.
Bogin’s work is created in the tradition of abstract expressionism and is inspired by tangible memories of his childhood growing up on a barrier island, as well as inspiration from hallmark paintings he has studied during his lifetime.
For more than a decade, Bogin has added paintings to “Galàpagos,” which shows viewers an evolution of his work through different mediums, from oil to gouache and now acrylic –representing his changing relationship with memory and form, and proving that both are malleable over time. His collection has been shown at the Colleges several times and includes more than 130 paintings. This time, the exhibit showcases his newest additions.
Mary Nyiri ’14 says that when she looks at her former professor’s work, “There seems to be an extreme intentionality that lies behind every mark in the painting” and his use of overlapping colors and shapes “mimic the depth of the ocean.”
In an essay by Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies James McCorkle titled “Opulence and Modesty: The Paintings of Michael Bogin,” he, like Nyiri, discusses the depths and layers of the Galàpagos scenes. He writes that each painting in the “Galàpagos” series “provides speculative maps of the unknown” wherein Bogin is able to capture the swirling water and sky in the landscape, as well as the worlds that lie beneath the surface.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1975, Bogin holds a B.A. from Antioch College and a M.F.A. from Indiana University. He served with the Peace Corps in Ghana from 1968 to 1970. His work has been displayed extensively throughout New York and in galleries and universities throughout New England.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays. The opening reception for the exhibit was held on Friday, Nov. 4.