Hogan’s Ph.D. Thesis titled ‘Survival Aesthetics’, looks at the ways contemporary artists use reference, collaboration and connection as strategies of association, discernment and dissemination for traversing formal, social and institutional critique. Hogan’s MFA Research at Tokyo University of the Arts was framed by the notion of ‘post-painting in Japan’, focusing on the links between western and eastern minimalism and conceptual art, and the residual effects of deconstruction in the practice of painting. Early on while completing his honours degree at SCA, Hogan’s work was focused on the links between the ‘death of painting’, abstraction and installation in the post-medium condition.