David LaChapelle: Gas Stations
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Renowned photographer David LaChapelle will exhibit 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 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.
Edward Hopper Early work and memborabilia
Ongoing in the Sanborn Gallery
Early drawings, paintings, and etchings together with memorabilia, including model boats made by Hopper, paintboxes, and an easel, are presented on an ongoing basis.
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.