Elinore Schnurr: Outside Looking In
June 5 – August 2, 2015 in the Hopper Hallway Gallery
Reception First Friday, June 5, 6-8 pm
To create the paintings in her series, "Outside Looking In," Elinore Schnurr uses a digital camera to capture images of bars and cafes with reflective windows that expose the interior of the spaces while revealing the people and objects on the exterior. Reflections and motion, when caught first with a camera, create transparencies and multiple layers that the artist then weaves into the final paintings. The effect recalls Edward Hopper’s frequent images of subjects viewed through windows or looking out of windows. In particular, Schnurr’s work pays homage to one of Hopper’s most well known paintings, Nighthawks.
Schnurr received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Arts and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. Her work is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; Museum of the City of New York, NY; and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, among others.
John F. Simon, Jr. : The Ever Present Sun
June 20 - August 16, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 5-7 pm
John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963) is known for his software based installations and projections, often using computers to activate ideas from the history of painting. For this exhibition, Simon will produce a new site-specific freestanding sculptural work that is inspired by Edward Hopper's paintings of urban exteriors. Simon is interested specifically in how Hopper handled and mixed the many various styles of New York City industrial and brownstone buildings that appear side by side in his paintings. Simon shares Hopper's fascination with ornate cornices, brick and plaster finishes, window frames that vary building to building, and the extremes of color, light, and shadow that play across their surfaces.
Using pencil sketching, 3D modeling, and CNC milling, Simon takes advantage of the latest digital fabrication techniques to exaggerate perspective and simulate shadow, building and mixing several facade styles in alternating patterns. He will also show several of his earlier software “art appliances” whose imagery and style relate to his love of the architectural styles of New York City. Among the works shown will be: ComplexCity (2000), Window (2001) and Endless Bounty (2005)--all works of software art that explore the themes of city life, color and light.
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 world 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.
RELATED EVENT: First Friday, August 7 @ 7 pm, Artist Talk
Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life
August 22-October18, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Curators: Shari Fischberg & Sally Spivak
Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life is a group exhibition featuring 16 artists who challenge traditional notions of home and domestic life.
In the 19th Century, artists produced sentimental visions of life portraying the idyllic family. By contrast, the artists in this exhibition employ a variety of techniques and mediums to reveal the complexity of everyday life in the house and home. Challenging the idealized social and familial expectations of family and home, they choose to highlight the layered meanings of relationship tensions, roles, rituals, and personal and cultural traditions.