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Daniel Hipolito is an Austin, Texas based artist who makes achromatic work that draws on a variety of cultural reference points, and spans the scale of intimate drawings to protracted murals. His work brings hand made technique to the aesthetic of photography and mechanical reproduction methods. Hipolito’s work is photo-based realism that can be abstract and obscure, creating and an area between representation and abstraction, transparency and conspiracy.
Many of Hipolito’s compositions display multiple images with individual narratives, separated by a hard edge, on one picture plain. The sharp, total contrast of Hipolito’s work has an aggressive visual edge akin to the graphic design associated with the mediated occultism of certain types of punk, hardcore and heavy metal music.
Hipolito’s work implies enigmatic narratives, as it resembles frames of a graphic novel, or a page of photojournalism, forms of media that often depict crime and terror in achromatic panels. Similar to the effect of crime scene photography, the mundane is transformed into mystery and menace.
The southern California locations depicted link Hipolito’s work to the grim existentialism of Los Angeles noir. His work also finds existential forbearance in the abstract expressionist paintings, and direct, minimal approach to materials, of Franz Kline. Like L.A. based John Baldessari, Hipolito combines images in a way that elicits new associations and confounds conclusion.
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