Artist Statement

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Assemblage artist and Vexillographer, Jillian Kogan, was raised in the “Old Line” state and migrated west to the “Golden State” in her early twenties. She quickly embraced the SoCal lifestyle and began designing her own California Republic Bear Flag from fabric swatches to decorate a large wall in her loft apartment. After being featured in the Los Angeles Times article “It’s Still the Address of Glam” by David A. Keeps and photographed by Ricardo DeAratanha, covering the lifestyles of the artists in residence of a historic West Hollywood complex; Kogan signed with her first gallery to exhibit her banners in a group show.

Kogan's assemblages gained wider notice when LA Confidential magazine editor-at-large Rebecca Bloom started sizzling about the artist in her popular column. In-demand interior designer Betsy Burnham soon featured one of Kogan’s flags in a spread for House Beautiful magazine photographed by Roger Davies, leading to other designers to share Kogan’s original flag art with their clients.

From Hollywood glamour (Why Not Reinvent Yourself) to the conservation of a natural world (California Recycle), Kogan takes us on a journey of the varying characteristics of our state, our culture, and most of all, ourselves.

In 2008-2009, Kogan's California Imagination piece was the subject of the California Arts Council statewide promotional campaign and she was honored for her work by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also in 2008, to celebrate LA’s BEST 20th Anniversary, she conceived and art directed the 260-ft Do Time at LA’s Best mural, executed by renown street artist Marcus Suarez in downtown LA, which was unveiled on the construction wall at the new LAPD Metro Detention Center site in the Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center by Hon. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In 2010, the California Travel & Tourism Commission recruited Kogan to create a California flag assemblage as a tribute to then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Years on and many bear flag assemblages, civic art installations, and group and solo exhibitions later; Kogan’s creative impulse continues to forge and reconfigure state and national flags with a collective of unique and unsuspecting found objects blended into a robust mix media menu and sociopolitical messages.

Her artwork has been displayed at: Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Saatchi Art, Los Angeles Art Association | Gallery 825, Bonhams, Pacific Design Center, MTV Santa Monica, Creative Artists Agency, Save the Children, The California State Capitol Building, Modern One, Jessica Thomas Gallery, Pharmaka, Ambrogi Castanier Gallery, Project One Gallery, We Rise exhibition, and Into Action exhibition. Socially and environmentally conscious, the artist regularly donates original pieces to a variety of local charities.