DALLAS ART FAIR: Hope Gangloff, "Downtown LA from Echo Lake"
Closing Date23 April 2020
Our Dallas Art Fair online viewing room, Quote Landscape Unquote, is all about landscape : Hope Gangloff’s mountainscapes begun during her fellowship at the McDowell Colony, Robyn O’Neil’s surreal landscapes inspired by the Texas terrain, and Maren Hassinger’s repeated mantras summoning the peace to be found in nature. In this time of seclusion indoors, it can be difficult to remember the role of nature in our daily lives. However, in one of Gangloff’s Dallas selections, “Downtown LA from Echo Lake,” she recalls a scene familiar to us all: a view of the outside world from the safe confines of our home.
In 2018, Gangloff received a commission from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to paint a portrait of ocean conservationist Julie Packard, director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. To begin the sittings, the artist embarked on a cross-country road trip, spending many weeks exploring the California coastline. Unlike the wintery views of Mount Monadnock, many of which are included in our viewing room, these scenes contain bright washes of blue, seafoam green, and orange, immediately invoking the sunshine and warmth of the Pacific Ocean.
This view of an apartment window brings the spectacular flora and fauna native to the region indoors. Succulents in electric blue populate the windowsill, connecting with the lights of the windows in the buildings outside. Moreover, the orange of the window frame seems to reflect the warmth inside the apartment walls, perhaps not just the glow of lamplight but of welcoming friends within. During a period when we value our loved ones more than ever, Gangloff’s painting is a reminder of cherished company and time spent with friends and family.