Spotlight on Local Businesses & Residents:
This Month’s Featured Resident is Assemblage Artist, Jillian Kogan
Assemblage artist Jillian Kogan was born in the Old Line state of Maryland, and lives and works in the Faircrest Heights neighborhood in the Golden State of California. She received her B.S. from Boston University and did her graduate work at both Harvard University and UCLA. She is an advisor for Los Angeles Art Association and served two consecutive terms on the MOCA Contemporaries Board.
Her “flag art” assemblages have been shown in group exhibitions including Pharmaka Gallery and Modern One Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and solo shows at Project One in San Francisco and Ambrogi Castanier Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide:
- MTV Networks – Santa Monica, CA
- Universal Studios – Universal, CA
- BBC – London
- Creative Artists Agency – Beverly Hills, CA
- Osborne & Little – Los Angeles & London
- Save the Children – Connecticut Headquarters
- Saatchi Art – Los Angeles, CA
In 2008, the Honorable Mayor Villaraigosa dedicated Kogan’s directed mural work to the city and she was awarded the 2008 – 2009 promotional campaign for the California Arts Council. The statewide campaign led to her receiving an honor from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Her latest series “American Icononics” is another reinvention depicting the flag. She juxtaposed American icons screened onto the American flag with objects that have come to symbolize their lives filled with love and joy and with sadness and tragedy.
Kogan’s artist heroes sought objects, which are seen and not looked at. As an artist working strictly with state and national flags, her reinterpretation of banners allows the viewer to demystify their iconography and alter their individual symbolic perceptions. The viewer’s relationship to the work can provoke perceptions of substance abuse vs. healthy consumption, idol worship vs. celebrity, recycle vs. unsalvageable. The art challenges the examiner to question the message of conventional objects altered into alternative conceptions. The subversive flags reinvent the fabric of their intentions and capture the vigorous collision of signs and symbols as they unfurl.
“I play with the iconography of flags and dream up new ways for their symbols to communicate,” says Jillian adding, “I love our neighborhood because it is so close to so many amazing galleries and filled with creative residents.”
Jillian also teaches a one-day “Flag Art” workshop for students of all ages to create their own individual flags or a group flag for a classroom.
To find our more about Jillian and her flag art assemblages, please visit: www.jilliankogan.com
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