Artworks

The Cosmos in Action: Concrete Romanticism through the Paintings of Trevor Hoag

“I am nature” – Jackson Pollock

Action painting and abstract expressionism often operate from the premise that the act of painting is itself just as (if not more) important than the resulting work. In “The Cosmos in Action,” Hoag maintains fidelity to this insight, with large-scale works that emphasize physical movement and chaotic technique, while returning to the Romantic concern with Nature—deep-space objects, in particular—where affect is approached as a concrete/material realization of overwhelming cosmic movement.

Likewise, Hoag emphasizes the importance of non-judgment and indifference exemplified by cosmic becoming, and invites the viewer to contemplate not only his/her infinitesimal smallness, but how feeling is inseparable from the grandeur of space and that which human knowledge and imagination ignores since its appropriation is impossible. As opposed to despair, however; Hoag hopes viewers of his work will undergo an almost “religious” awe, wonder, humility, and even peace, when faced with “the gods” and one’s ever-shifting place in the multiverse.

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Student analyses of my work:

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Tarantula Nebula

(Acrylic) 22 May 2017

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Orion Nebula (Acrylic) 4 May 2017

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NGC 7814 (Acrylic) 25 April 2017

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Earth: The Pale Blue Dot (Acrylic) 22 April 2017

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Enceladus (Saturn’s Moon) (Acrylic) 14 April 2017

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NGC 3125 (Acrylic) 9 April 2017

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NGC 6872: The Peacock (Acrylic) 3 April 2017

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The Sun (Acrylic) 1 April 2017

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M 106 (Acrylic) 25 Mar 2017

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Jupiter (Acrylic) 9 Mar 2017

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Milky Way Galactic Core (Infrared) (Acrylic) 7 Mar 2017

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Supermassive Stars WR25 & Tr-16-244 (Acrylic) 1 Mar 2017

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Virgo (Acrylic) 25 Feb 2017

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The Milky Way (Acrylic) 23 Feb 2017

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Centaurus A: NGC 5128 (Acrylic) 20 Feb 2017

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M 83 (Acrylic) 18 Feb 2017

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Andromeda (Acrylic) 17 Feb 2017

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NGC 1999 (Reflection Nebula) (Acrylic) 10 Feb 2017

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Sagittarius (The Archer) (Acrylic) 8 Feb 2017

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Messier 94 (II) (Acrylic/Vinyl) 21 Jan 2017

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Fornax A (NGC 1316) (Acrylic) 15 Jan 2017

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Veil Nebula (Acrylic) 13 Jan 2017

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R 136 (Acrylic) 28 Dec 2016

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Lagoon Nebula (Acrylic) 23 Dec 2016

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Alpha Centauri (II) (Acrylic) 21 Dec 2016

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NCG 4696 (Acrylic) 13 Dec 2016

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HH 24 (Acrylic) 11 Dec 2016

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Omega Centauri (or: Stars and Stripes) (Acrylic) 7 Dec 2016

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NGC 5128: Centaurus A (Acrylic) 3 Dec 2016

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Pillars of Creation, Left Column (Acrylic) 27 Nov 2016

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Comet ISON (Sungrazer) (Acrylic) 25 Nov 2016)

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Swan (Omega) Nebula (Acrylic) 23 Nov 2016

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Hubble Deep Field (Acrylic) 21 Nov 2016

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My Dark Workshop (aka, the Garden Shed)