In ‘Truth and Method’, Know Hope continues his observation, and
one's symbiotic relationship with his/her surroundings. The starting point for
this exhibition is the artist’s text-based outdoor work. These street pieces
are created in a site-specific manner, with the intention of 'suggesting an
image' as opposed to illustrating it. It focuses on allowing the real life
human situations that happen around the text to create the image; providing the
opportunity for the surroundings to take a more active part in the dialogue and
create an organic integration of these images.
Following this, the artist tattooed those same texts on people. The
participants were all complete strangers, whom were reached through an open
call. The idea was to slightly alter the conduct-because people, unlike walls,
actively create these images in everyday situations, inevitably creating new
meanings for the phrases that have become a permanent part of their personal
Later, he made a series of portraits of the tattooed individuals,
in everyday situations, with the new contexts creating a new meaning for the
same text that arose from the participant’s personal narratives.
The process was extremely intimate, emotionally and technically
(all the tattoos were done by the artist himself in the stick and poke method,
with no machines used) and brought up notions regarding trust, vulnerability
and the ephemeral vs. the permanent.
Finally, Know Hope created a series of gallery pieces that also uses
the original text as a starting point, but consists of the artist’s iconography
that translates these human situations into more universal/less specific ones.
Essentially, the exhibition is composed of a series of triptychs- the
photograph of the original outdoor work, a photographed portrait of the
participant and a studio piece, that together portray three 'translations' to
the original text.
Know Hope’s work has always been based on real human situations;
this project gives insight to this process, and also functions as a conceptual
research that deals with context and appropriation.