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