John F. Simon, Jr.: The Ever Present Sun
June 20 - August 16, 2015 in the Main Gallery
For this exhibition John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963) takes advantage of technology to create dynamic visual experiences rooted in art historical tradition. Unlike many artists who use digital processes and equipment to make their work, Simon writes his own computer software, a process he finds to be as “personal as a painterly gesture on canvas.” Simon has also created a new site-specific sculptural work for this show that is inspired by Edward Hopper's paintings of urban exteriors.
Simon begins his artistic process by sketching what he calls Divination Drawings, which he shares daily online at www.iclock.com. He allows his non-verbal mind and emotions to guide his hand in mark making. He then studies the daily drawing to discern which persistent marks or symbols can best be activated into the language of code or which should be enlarged as prints or sculpture.
Simon’s software creates imagery on the fly that constantly evolves, sometimes with surprising results, and never repeats. His software is based on simple rules, activated and displayed on a screen, and create more images than anyone can ever see in their lifetime.
HIs larger prints and sculpture use digital processing, 3D modeling, a pen plotter, a laser cutter, a CNC router, and various other pieces of digital fabrication equipment that he has in his studio, to translate his hand gestures in various materials, through the digital and back to the hand.
At the forefront of new media internationally since the 1990s, John F. Simon, Jr.'s work has been widely exhibited and is found in prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently acquired by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
RELATED EVENT: First Friday, August 7 @ 7 pm, Artist Talk
Elinore Schnurr: Outside Looking In
June 5 – August 2, 2015 in the Hopper Hallway Gallery
Reception First Friday, June 5, 6-8 pm
To create the paintings in her series, "Outside Looking In," Elinore Schnurr uses a digital camera to capture images of bars and cafes with reflective windows that expose the interior of the spaces while revealing the people and objects on the exterior. Reflections and motion, when caught first with a camera, create transparencies and multiple layers that the artist then weaves into the final paintings. The effect recalls Edward Hopper’s frequent images of subjects viewed through windows or looking out of windows. In particular, Schnurr’s work pays homage to one of Hopper’s most well known paintings, Nighthawks.
Schnurr received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Arts and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. Her work is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; Museum of the City of New York, NY; and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, among others.
A Photographic Journey through Hopper's World by Charles Sternaimolo
By searching through Josephine Hopper’s meticulous notes, studying the work of fellow Hopper scholars, checking with local residents and historians, and even walking through an area in search of a “Hopper scene,” photographer Charles Sternaimolo has identified and documented well over 150 places painted by the artist, culminating in a visual comparison through photography of Hopper’s painted locations.
This exhibit was generously underwritten by Donna Cox, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.
Additional support was provided by Frames & Art by Simon.