KNOW HOPE

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For the past 5 years, Know Hope has been showing his work in galleries and exhibitions worldwide, but mainly on the streets, in their natural urban settings. Know Hope deals with the ephemeral aspect of not only the genre itself, but also as a subject - the need of momentary connections in the everyday reality, and the common denominator that is the human struggle.
Through site specific installations, murals and paste-ups, Know Hope attempts to create situations that happen in real time, and are accessible to the public on a day-to-day basis, with intentions of creating some sort of a dialogue.
Know Hope sees gallery work as a completely different mindset as that of working in the street. Street art is about reacting to the surroundings, to an existing reality and becoming part of it, thus making the piece itself blend in and become as significant as the environment in which it is placed, whereas the gallery is a much safer environment, which can function as a greenhouse in some manners. The separation is vital, and Know Hope believes that it is impossible to recreate or bring the street indoors, but on the other hand allows the artist to create an environment of his own. The same process is valid for the viewer himself, because the context in which the pieces are seen inevitably affects the experience.
For the past 3 years, Know Hope's work has been revolving around the story of an un-named figure, following it and creating some sort of lifeline through its observations, mishaps and eventually its commentary. The figure is the visual manifestation of the human vulnerability addressed in all the pieces.
Subtly making social commentary, Know Hope is very cautious about making the pieces accessible, and therefore prefers not to address the issues themselves, but the minor human conditions that compose those same issues, thus creating a language that does not depend on specific current issues, but more on their universal aspect.
The re-occurring figure is used as a way for the viewer to create a “long-term relationship”, so to speak, with the character. Through different stages and situations of despair, hope and discovery, the narrative is an ever-developing one. Through the use of a vocabulary of iconography such as electricity poles, tree stumps, broken televisions and billboards, a whole world is created and is used as a visual metaphor of the world in which we live. In the gallery pieces the photographic backgrounds function as a substitute for the urban background which is provided organically in the street works.
In his work, Know Hope often uses found wood, vintage frames and aged paper with intention of referencing the ideas of temporality and the translucent habits of memory, by using and adding on new moments to old memories, by replacing the images in the frame and re-appropriating old cabinet doors and panels.
Know Hope has garnered much attention over the past years with his paste-ups and installations as well as successful exhibitions in Europe and the US with both group and solo exhibitions scheduled in London, San Francisco and Tel Aviv in 2011 and 2012.

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