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Galerie Openspace Presents: Logan Hicks “Light Seekers and Night Crawlers” (Paris, France)

Posted on February 3, 2018

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Date(s) - 02/03/2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Galerie Openspace Presents: Logan Hicks "Light Seekers and Night Crawlers" (Paris, France)


Read from the press release below:

LIGHT SEEKERS & NIGHT CRAWLERS

Solo show from February, the 3rd to the 24th, 2018

Opening on February, the 3rd from 6 to 9 pm

Press preview on February, the 2nd at 4 pm in presence of the artist.

Galerie Openspace – 116, boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris 11e

Logan Hicks was born in 1971 and grew up in Baltimore. After graduating from the Maryland Institute of Contem- porary Art at the beginning of the 90s, he begun as a screenprinter. It was his friend Shepard Fairey who en- couraged him to move to San Diego, California, to join the Low Brow movement of the 90s and focus on stencil, which he had just picked up. Through this technique, Lo- gan Hicks wanted to go beyond screenprint and expe- riment with a more spontaneous approach combining the notion of original and serial artwork. In 2007, Logan Hicks came back to the East coast and settled in Brook- lyn, New York. The urban art market was booming and so was the New York art scene with artists like Swoon and Faile. Back then, Logan Hicks was already famous for being the pioneer of multi-layer stencil.

His fascination goes to the exploration of cities, its ur- ban landscapes, its light, its heights and undergrounds. Based on pictures he takes himself, his works count an average of ve or six different stencil layers, cut then painted on top of each other to reach the nal result. But this hyper-realistic work takes up a new meaning when the artist sprays his colors. Thanks to an exceptio- nal rendering of nocturnal light, the work paradoxically looses realism to reach a deeply poetic dimension.

A respected gure of the art world and for good reasons, Logan Hicks is often asked to curate international exhi- bitions and is at the initiative of many artistic projects. Since his rst solo show in 2001, he has exhibited his

work in the most prestigious galleries all over the world, with several shows in France over the last ten years.

The Light Seekers and Night Crawlers exhibition is ano- ther occasion for Logan Hicks to share his unique vision of the city. From Paris to London via Turin and Marrakesh, he brings us to different places like a pictorial immersion in his travelling sketchbook. The Galerie Openspace has invited the American artist to put up this show following a long residency he did in Paris over the summer 2017. Samantha Longhi, co-owner of the gallery alongside Nicolas Chenus, and international stencil specialist, had exhibited his work several times at the end of the 2000s. Light Seekers and Night Crawlers features about 20 artworks on canvas and wood providing the opportu- nity to discover Logan Hicks’s wide scale of talents along with his various inspirations. Among them are gothic art and Art Nouveau, with nocturnal landscapes and scenes depicted in interiors and architectures that recall the ar- tistic movement of the last century. Made after his own photographs, Logan Hicks’s stencil works invite specta- tors to ponder over the stunning perspective of often-de- serted cities and streets while questioning the notion of identity and solitude. The artist transforms ordinary ar- chitectural views into deeply contemplative and meta- phorical scenes. This exhibition promises to embark us on a profoundly romantic and intimate journey.

THE EXHIBITION Light Seekers and Night Scrawlers from February, the 3rd to the 24th, 2018 Opening on February, the 3rd from 6 to 9 PM
Press preview on February, the 2nd at 4 PM

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