Jordan Matter: Hopperesque Dancers Among Us
April 18 – June 14, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Reception Friday, April 17, 6-8 pm
Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us is a collection of photographs of dancers celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life. The series began when Matter observed his young son playing with a toy while being “wholly present and in the moment.” Matter sought to capture the immediacy of that world in these photographs, which have also been included in a New York Times bestselling book of the same name (Dancers Among Us, Workman Publishing).
For the Edward Hopper House project, we examine the development of this series as Hopperesque subjects emerge. In addition to images that convey an overall sense of joy and exuberance, many of the works selected for this exhibition also depict themes commonly seen in the work of Edward Hopper, such as isolation and introspection, even in public settings. Lighting contrasts and settings, including train platforms and diners, often recall Hopper as well. A signature piece will be created especially for this exhibition.
Matter and his work have been featured on television, in print and in galleries throughout the world, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the Today Show, the BBC, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. Dancers Among Us has been selected as “Best Book” by Oprah Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and NPR.
John F. Simon, Jr. : The Ever Present Sun
June 20 - August 16, 2015
John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963) is renowned for his software based installations and projections, often using computers to activate ideas from the history of painting. For the Edward Hopper House exhibition, Simon presents his signature software art together with drawings and a large work he is fabricating specifically for the space.
Simon received an AB in art and ScB in geology from Brown University, an MA in Earth and planetary sciences from Washington University, and an MFA in computer art from the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has exhibited his work throughout the work and it is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Phillips Collection, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.