Cogan’s new body of work reflects his many encounters with the city, merging both observed and remembered perspectives. Like visiting an old friend, we learn the city’s new curves, its rooftops, and its niche locations. Paintings such as A View from Pearl Paints harken back to a previous iteration of New York City, recognized only by some. This exploration of the passage of time through the changing architecture of the city is articulated in minimal brushstrokes and a moody color palette. Cogan’s skylines, morphing into lines, color fields, and geometric shapes, are as much studies in abstraction as documentation of time.
Cogan’s paintings situate our gaze purposefully to evoke a sense of unknown curiosity. In 5th Avenue our eyes immediately settle on the warm yellow glow of a penthouse apartment – like a guiding light among the famously gray skies of New York City. In other paintings Cogan captures dusk falling on the city, casting long, ghostly shadows. Or he takes the viewer trotting through the streets in the dead of night, lit only by the sodium haze of NYC's iconic street lamps and the cool blue of plasma TV screens in apartment windows.
Themes of transformation and passage of time emerge in one of Cogan’s most personal paintings, Wish You Were Here. Depicting his mother-in-law, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, the painting is at once a tribute to his mother-in-law, and a record of a resolutely transformative moment within his family. “I wanted to capture this defining time in our lives,” writes Cogan, “and how I have been changed by it.”
Kim Cogan is an award-winning artist who has exhibited paintings to great acclaim nationwide. His work has appeared in ARTnews Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, American Arts Quarterly, Harper’s Magazine, Playboy and American Art Collector Magazine.