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Know Hope At Openspace Paris

  • Openspace Gallery
  • Openspace Gallery
  • Openspace Gallery
April 4, 2015

Tel-Aviv street artist Know Hope is about to have his debut solo exhibition in France, with the Openspace Gallery in Paris. Going by the fascinating name of Water Takes the Shape of Its Container, Know Hope’s debut solo exhibition in France will see the Tel-Aviv street artist present twenty previously unseen works of art, plus an installation at Openspace Gallery. Know Hope has become internationally known for his excellent street art and studio based works, both featuring his recognisable recurring symbolic figures, along with his use of found materials to create the work, such as wood, frames, aged paper, card and panels. Openspace is known for its street artist exhibitions, have a read of the interview with Augustine Kofie in For The Sake of Creating, where he talks about his Taking Shape solo exhibition with the gallery.

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Left: KNOW HOPE – Imitating the Tides. Mixed media. 102 x 70,5 cm. WTSC. 2015 / Right: KNOW HOPE – Different Loyalties. Mixed media. 102 x 77 cm. WTSC. 2015

Water Takes the Shape of Its Container

Water Takes the Shape of Its Container at Openspace Gallery, is an exhibition in which street artist Know Hope is exploring themes around collective situations and our individual places within that collective. The title of the solo exhibition specifically relates to how political situations around us change our emotional state and how we are shaped by external forces. The installation that Know Hope has created for his debut solo exhibition in France is very much about the collective situation, a pile of coloured tree stumps representing a collective, with each individual stump having its own personal narrative within the collective. Know Hope will also present twenty previously unseen works of art, which consist of beautiful assemblages, that incorporate a range of found photos and objects, coupled with the distinctive drawings of Know Hope on found paper and card. Take a look at the stunning mural Know Hope created in 2014 with artist 2501, The Wall of Two and take a listen to the street artist talking about his work in The Abstract and the Very Real.

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Left: KNOW HOPE – After all, Willing. mixed media. 154,5 x 114 cm. WTSC. 2015 / Right: KNOW HOPE – The Invisible Bridge. Mixed media. 121x 79,5 cm. WTSC. 2015

Know Hope Debut Solo Exhibition in France

The Know Hope debut solo exhibition in France, Water Takes the Shape of Its Container, sees the Tel-Aviv street artist bringing his images of hope and humanity to the Openspace Gallery in Paris. While Know Hope claims not to be an overtly political artist, especially concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict, his artworks are very much about everyday reality and the constant human struggle to survive. Although he has sometimes placed controversial street art in Tel-Aviv exploring ideas of conflict and identity, Know Hope prefers to adopt a more poetic approach with his imagery, reflecting his vision of the world that surrounds him. By using found materials to create his visions on, Know Hope is adding new moments to old memories and detailing our habits of memory, how we are shaped by the world around us, a theme essential to Water Takes the Shape of Its Container. See how other artists have responded to the Israel-Palestine conflict in Artists for Palestine UK Boycott Israel, Banksy with New Banksy Work in Gaza and the work of JR in Face 2 Face.

Water Takes the Shape of Its Container by Know Hope opens at Openspace Gallery, Paris, on 11th April, 2015 and runs through until 25th April, 2015. Opening reception is on 11th April, 2015 between 6-9pm.

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Left: KNOW HOPE – A Burden. 55 x 37,5 cm. WTSC . 2015 / Right: KNOW HOPE – Temporary Residence. 32,5x25cm. WTSC . 2015
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KNOW HOPE – Reflecting on This. Mixed media. 68 x 96,5 cm. WTSC. 2015
Openspace Gallery
KNOW HOPE – Portrait in the studio. 2015.
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KNOW HOPE – Studio view wip. 2015
Openspace Gallery
KNOW HOPE – Studio view. 2015.
Openspace Gallery
KNOW HOPE – Studio view. 2015.
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KNOW HOPE – A Mirror Schmalkalden, Germany.2014
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KNOW HOPE – Only the Recollections Will Tell. Schmalkalden, Germany. 2014

All images courtesy of Openspace Gallery & Know Hope.

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