BRIAN KOKOSKA - HUSH HOOK, LOYAL GALLERY

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

Installation view, Hush Hook, LOYAL Gallery

In two words—Hush Hook—you can say a lot about “youth,” and also, importantly, viscerally: “my youth!” You can capture something of new century America and a little bit of wistful hope. Innocence and symbolism? Sure. But the most important thing is the extraordinary capacity for the cultivation of self. 

There is an indelible ability to conjure a time, a place. It looks and smells innocent enough, with its pale color and delicate swirl strands. Hush hope faith and charity an anchor a cross a teardrop a sword. The figure is present as an undertone like a feature that has been blown away in a powdery wind. 

With all this musical clarity and confident color, there is also a sense of awareness of cruelty or a loss of it.  Powdered fresh innocence brings to those who have a connection with a sense of their own inner gentleness, a clear connection with the innocence of their inner child, seemingly caged inside. 

Simple symbols, a bone, a whisker, a stitch, populate in floating, scattered angles. Hush Hook is a lullaby and a cradle that rocks eternally. Hush a bye baby, and tip toe don’t let them hear you cry. Virtue may be defined as a habit of mind in harmony with reason and the order of nature. It has four parts: wisdom , justice, courage, temperance.

Brian Kokoska - Hush Hook
LOYAL Gallery, November 27 - December 19
www.loyalgallery.com