|"Entrevista #1.2," castiron|
|"Entrevista #4" - 31x39|
|"Entrevista #2" - 31x39|
|"Interview 1" - 51x71|
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|"New Bag" 24x24|
Jocelyn Hobbie has new paintings at Fredericks & Freiser. At first I thought they were works by Hilary Harkness, a confusion shared by others according to the gallery. Where Harkness' works are full of many (mostly female) figures over a wide area, Hobbie focuses in on one or two female figures up close and personal.
Using a vibrant palette mixed with patterns and tattoos, there's a strange silence to her works. Are these women lost in deep thought or banal day dreaming? Are they looking at the sky, or TV, or listening to music? sad? in love? lost love? are they contemplating something that happened or something they are planning to do?
|"August & Johnny Jump Ups" - 14x28|
|"Forsythia" - 24x24|
The viewer could go on and on with different scenarios. The paintings with more than one figure sometimes are a bit awkward, her strength is in the individual portraits. The power of suggestion is a primary strength in these paintings, she lives a few crumbs as to what COULD be happening here, but ultimately the viewer creates the tale.
|"Crimson" - 14x14|
|"Party" - 30x40|
Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 W 26th St, NY - Tatiana Blass "Interview" • 10/17 - 11/16/13
Fredericks & Freiser, 536 W. 24th St, NY - Jocelyn Hobbie "New Paintings" • 10/10 - 11/9/13