Praised for their meticulously-detailed panoramic landscapes, Anglo-French artists Alpha and Chris Mason, known collectively as Hipkiss, have been collaborating for three decades on intricate drawings that interweave dystopian narratives with a personal lexicon of symbolic forms. Past works by Hipkiss chronicle fictional histories of warring clans, urban crusades, and quasi-apocalyptical societies. For Bulwark, the artists’ first solo museum show in New York, Hipkiss will present the most recent cycle of drawings in their series The Towers (2015–ongoing). The drawings pull from the myriad allegorical significance of towers as symbols for transcendence, irrational ambition, and piety.
Organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.
Hipkiss, Image of six works from the series The Towers, 2015–ongoing. Graphite, silver ink, silver tape, and metal leaf on Fabriano 4 Paper, 90 x 15 inches each. Courtesy of the artists.