Mercedes Helnwein: Chaos Theory
open to the public May 26 – August 6, 2017
Members' Opening & Preview: Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Mercedes Helnwein (b. 1979, Vienna), in oil pastels from her series Chaos Theory, seeks to capture “the weight of quiet moments, and the triggers for chaos buried in them… the domestic cosmos and its fallout.” Born in Austria, Helnwein now divides her time between Ireland and Los Angeles. The “American way of life” – seen from a European perspective – plays a big part in her work. She focuses on suburban American adolescence: living rooms, Halloween, prom, family members, and television sets, looking at these scenes of daily life through a “claustrophobic” lens. The stories depicted take on an obsessive quality as she returns to the subjects over and over to capture the accidental emotions that these moments betray. Helnwein will also be presenting two films, Cops, and Nurses, which present enigmatic and disquieting scenes of mundane workplace interactions. This exhibition is curated by the Edward Hopper House’s Artistic Director and Curator, Carole Perry.
Richard Tuschman: Hopper Meditations
open to the public August 18 – October 29, 2017
Members' Opening & Preview: Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8:30 PM
Richard Tuschman (b. 1956) will exhibit work from his series of lush and cinematic photographs entitled Hopper Meditations, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. To create these works, Tuschman builds dollhouse-sized dioramas, which he then photographs and digitally incorporates life-sized models – including himself – to create realistic scenes reminiscent of Hopper’s imagery. As in many of Hopper’s well-known paintings, the characters’ in Tuschman’s pictures are imbued with a sense of anticipation, seemingly vacillating betweeen introspection and isolation. Tuschman received a BFA from Michigan University and has shown his work throughout the U.S. and abroad. He lives and works in New York City.