David LaChapelle: Gas Stations
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Renowned photographer David LaChapelle exhibits six large-scale photographs from his Gas Stations series. Inspired in part by Edward Hopper's painting Gas (1940), LaChapelle created scale models using common, found objects, which he then photographed on location in the rainforest of Maui. The natural landscape of the rainforest, itself is a source of fuel and regeneration, overtakes the fabricated structures of the gas stations and assumes a destructive role as well. The work is a commentary on our reliance on fossil fuels and, as he says, "the absurdity of our attempts to harness nature."
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1963, LaChapelle moved to New York City as a teen to pursue his passion for photography. There he met Andy Warhol, who gave him his first job at Interview Magazine. LaChapelle gained notoriety for his celebrity photographs, films, music videos, and commercial work before returning to his roots in fine art photography. For his recent work, LaChapelle draws on popular culture as well as the work of masters from art history, in this case Hopper and Ed Ruscha.
His work can be found in major museums and prestigious collections throughout the world, and he has exhibited extensively at such renowned institutions as Musée D’Orsay, Paris; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The National Portrait Gallery, London; and the Fotographfiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. LaChapelle currently lives and works in Maui, Hawaii.
Sculpture in the Garden 2016: Santi Hitorangi and James Tyler
June 3 - October 23, 2016
The Edward Hopper House is pleased to present Sculpture in the Garden 2016 featuring the work of James Tyler and Santi Hitorangi.
Santi Hitorangi will be showing some of his carved stone sculptures. As a member of the Hitorangi Atan clan from his native Rapa Nui (Easter Island), he learned the traditional art of sculpting. His clan was known to be the carvers of thousands of Moai (colossal rock statues) that were made from volcanic rock, which can still be found on the island. In 1998, Hitorangi appeared in the NOVA series, “The Lost Empires,” for which he sculpted a full-scale replica of a Moai. In Rapa Nui’s struggle to gain self-determination, he represents their community in various international forums, including the United Nations and Rio+20.
James Tyler will be exhibiting his Brickhead Assemblage sculptures. The Brickhead
installations are unique colossal heads that invite us to identify with the world’s ceramic heritages. They bring today’s faces together with pre-Columbian, South American, Native American, Asian, African, and Western influences. For ancient peoples, colossal stone and clay heads, often symbolized their connections with the spirits they worshipped, and these, in turn, often represented the elements, such as rain and sun, or other larger-than-life phenomena, such as death and love. For the Brickhead Assemblages,elements of Tyler’s larger Colossus and Brickhead series are combined with the found object assembly techniques more often associated with the works of folk or ‘outsider’ artists. The result is a striking duality of frivolous absurdity overlaid with what could only be described as a ‘the world is coming to an end’ vision of humanity’s collective doom. These are the sculptural ruins of our own civilization not yet passed.
Side by Side: Judith Dolnick & Robert Natkin
April 30 - June 26, 2016
Edward Hopper House is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of Robert Natkin (1930-2010) and Judith Dolnick (b. 1934). Natkin and Dolnick were second-generation abstract expressionists whose lyrical canvases share similar color palettes, while details and expression remain individual. Natkin’s paintings feature textured planes of seemingly shifting veils of color, while luminous, floating coral-like forms inhabit Dolnick’s paintings.
Both born and raised in Chicago, Natkin and Dolnick painted side by side for nearly 60 years in a shared studio. Together they opened the Wells Street Gallery in Chicago in 1957, where they exhibited their own work and also gave exposure to artists who later gained notoriety, including Aaron Siskin and John Chamberlain. They closed the gallery in 1959 and relocated to New York City, where they immersed themselves in the vibrant arts culture and where, as Dolnick says, “Everyone knew everyone.” By the late 1960s, the artists had grown disenchanted with the New York art scene and moved to rural Connecticut, where they raised their children and painted together until his death in 2010. Dolnick now lives in New York City, where she continues her creative explorations in painting.
The exhibition is curated by Carole Perry.
Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran
February 20 - April 24, 2016
Edward Hopper House is pleased to present Where we are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran, an exhibition featuring the work of Golnar Adili, Roya Farassat, and Shabnam K. Ghazi. These three artists all grew up in Iran and later moved to North America (two to the U.S. and one to Canada). Although their circumstances differ, they share a strong cultural identity and a common focus on issues of gender and displacement shaped by the complex political and social landscape of their homeland.
Golnar Adili (b. 1976) will exhibit hand cut photo collages and text based drawings featuring Persian poetry. She says, “As an American-born Iranian growing up in post-1979 Tehran, I have experienced separation, uprooting, and longing in its different manifestations. In my art I am compelled to decode the ways in which these events have marked me through Persian poetry, craft, and the body.” Roya Farassat (b. 1964) will display a selection of portraits from her series A Mirror Has Two Faces. The paintings reflect the emotional and psychological effects of growing up in a repressive social climate. She says, “Through elements of humor and violence I explore issues of identity, power, isolation and decay.“ Shabnam K. Ghazi (b. 1971) will show a video and still photographs from her series The Astonishing Story of Us in a Scarcity of Time. Her work, she says, “confirms the literal world that I perceive, but it also infuses that perception with the symbolic world that I imagine. My artwork lives in the border between reality and fantasy.”
This exhibition is curated by Carole Perry and made possible with support from the Medical Offices of Manhattan and Manhattan Cardiology.