“Where the material ends, art begins” —Etienne Hajdu
Mindy Solomon is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of artist Asif Hoque entitled “Terracotta”. Drawing from the ancient folk trades of Dhaka . the capital of Bangladesh, Hoque explores the relationship of the figure to utilitarian vessel. Incorporating mythology, classical figuration and urban cultural references, Hoque creates a two-dimensional homage to object as subject.
Hoque, Bangladeshi, raised in Rome, Italy and West Palm Beach, Florida is a conduit of cultural ideas. In his largest work, Speedin thru I95 in a White Ferrari, memories of his youth in South Florida and Italy form the bases of his imagery. We see the mythological male figure interacting with what appears to be an ancient beast. The lush green grass a universal background for the follies of youth. Moon River 1 and Moon River 2 are about love and longing. The mythological beast on a metaphorical, preening vessel emblazoned with hearts. The pieces bursting with ego and need. Bankura Mustang is a direct connection to traditional sculptural figuration with Hoque’s signature graphic style providing a comic relief element- the besotted protagonist searching for meaning in an ephemeral world.