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 Brickheadinstallations 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.
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.