Avenue des Arts is a spacious, clean gallery at the corner of East 8th and South Los Angeles Streets downtown. On the art walk last week, Lindy and I took the stairs down to their basement and found one by Hopare on display.
Hopare started out as a graffiti artist; his style gained an another dimension after he took a job at an architectural firm and merged linearity into his street art. Widewalls describes this style as “an inner battle of his artistic, abstract tendencies and disciplined way of organized drawing. Figuring out none side was ever gone win this struggle, Hopare decided to find a balance and incorporate both in his graffiti. Combining these two inclinations, the artist creates images which are a splash of colors and forms, a complex pattern of lines with intense dynamics.”
And so, he has developed an intimate, warm way of slicing up human figures.
A couple of months ago the gallery was filled with these. Hopare’s subjects are all human figures, with colors interspersed in the geometric spaces that show up in his lines. Ferguson, though, is the only one currently on display at Avenue des Arts.