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Joanne Howard: Dream House
August 23 - October 19, 2014
Dream House, a new mixed media installation by Joanne Howard, explores the relationship between positive and negative space through a variety of media, including ceramic sculpture, and drawing. The interior of the Edward Hopper House never loses sight of its original function as a domestic space, and, by highlighting the negative areas around the objects and in the drawings, Howard encourages us to consider the “spiritual space” left behind in this, Edward Hopper’s boyhood home.
Viviane Silvera: On My Way (selections from an ongoing project)
September 3 - November 2, 2014 in the Hopper Hallway Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8 pm
The paintings in this exhibition, from Viviane Silvera's ongoing series, “Film Project: Therapy,” pay homage to Edward Hopper’s work through the literal and unspoken relationships between light, the psychological, the solitary, and the cinematic--dominant themes in Hopper’s work.
In her last two series of paintings; Therapy: Part One (2011) and Therapy: Part Two (2013), Silvera used film images as source material for paintings. extracting and re-imagining compositions from film stills that deal with the subject of psychotherapy. In this current project, Silvera created her own film using two actors, about a therapy session, from which she is creating paintings, a selection of which are shown here.
Starting with a screen image as a point of departure, Silvera abstracts the figures, transforming the specific into the archetypal during the translation from film still to painted image—leaving the narrative up to the viewer’s imagination. The interior setting is as important in conjuring a narrative and a mood as the figures themselves. Shadowy interiors became metaphors for the struggle between the conscious and unconscious, the past and present, and what is illuminated versus what remains mysterious and unknown.
Through framing, light, and mood, the paintings speak to Hopper's influence on contemporary painting, as well as cinema and photography. Silvera's aim is to create psychologically charged, powerfully cinematic paintings with an unresolved narrative.
The project will conclude with editing the paintings (which have been shot as a stop-motion, throughout the painting process) into a short film. Thus the images began in film, were re-imagined and re-created as paintings, and will go back into film, transformed.
Mark Attebery: Twist and Shout
Sculpture in the Garden
Twist and Shout is a new work by multi-media artist Mark Attebery. Inspired by biological sources and the graceful naturalism of the material, the forged and welded steel sculpture, entitled Twist and Shout, reveals Attebery’s interest in exploring slow growth, the world beneath surface skins and life energy coursing through metal.
Before moving to New York, Attebery worked in California in professional photography and stained glass. He has over one hundred glass works installed throughout California.
In addition to working in the visual arts, he has had a busy career as a composer. He received commissions from the Oakland Ballet and Malashock Dance Co., one garnering an EMMY from a PBS documentary from a work premiered by the Arioso Wind Quintet. He received awards from Meet the Composer Inc., the San Diego Arts Commission and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. His flute collection from around the world often makes its way into his recordings and live performances. His recordings of experimental clay instruments are included in a CD and book titled From Mud to Music by the American Ceramic Society. He currently teaches at the Fieldston School in New York.
A Photographic Journey through Hopper's World by Charles Sternaimolo
Ongoing upstairs at the Edward Hopper House
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.