Where we are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran
February 20 - April 24, 2016
Edward Hopper House is pleased to present the exhibition, Where we are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran, featuring the work of Golnar Adili, Roya Farassat, and Shabnam K. Ghazi. These three artists all grew up in Iran and later moved to North America (two to the U.S. and one to Canada). Although their circumstances differ, they share a strong cultural identity and a common focus on issues of gender and displacement shaped by the complex political and social landscape of their homeland.
Golnar Adili (b. 1976) will exhibit laser cut photo collages and calligraphic drawings featuring Persian poetry. She says, “As an Iranian growing up in post-1979 Tehran, I have experienced separation, uprooting, and longing in its different manifestations. In my art I am compelled to decode the ways in which these events have marked me through Persian poetry, craft, and the body.” Roya Farassat (b. 1964) will display a selection of portraits from her series A Mirror Has Two Faces. The paintings reflect the emotional and psychological effects of growing up in a repressive social climate. She says, “Through elements of humor and violence I explore issues of identity, power, isolation and decay.“ Shabnam K. Ghazi (b. 1971) will show a video installation with accompanying photographs. Her work, she says, “confirms the literal world that I perceive, but it also infuses that perception with the symbolic world that I imagine. My artwork lives in the border between reality and fantasy.”
Side by Side: Judith Dolnick & Robert Natkin
April 30 - June 19, 2016
Edward Hopper House is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of Judith Dolnick (b. 1934) and her late husband Robert Natkin (1930-2010). Dolnick and Natkin were second-generation abstract expressionists whose lyrical canvases share similar color palettes, while details and expression remain individual. Natkin’s paintings feature textured planes of seemingly shifting veils of color, while luminous, floating coral-like forms inhabit Dolnick’s paintings.
Both born and raised in Chicago, Dolnick and Natkin painted side by side for nearly 60 years in a shared studio. Together they opened the Wells Street Gallery in Chicago in 1957, where they exhibited their own work and also gave exposure to artists who later gained notoriety, including Aaron Siskin and John Chamberlain. They closed the gallery in 1959 and relocated to New York City, where they immersed themselves in the vibrant arts culture and where, as Dolnick says, “Everyone new everyone.” By the late 1960s, the artists had grown disenchanted by the New York art scene and moved to rural Connecticut, where they raised their children and painted together until his death in 2010. Dolnick now lives in New York City, where she continues her creative explorations in painting.
David LaChapelle: Gas Stations
July 2 - August 28, 2016
Renowned photographer David LaChapelle will exhibit six large-scale paintings from his Gas Stations series from July 2 through August 28, 2016. 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 work is a commentary on the reliance on fossil fuels and "the absurdity of our attempts to harness nature."
Born in Hartford, CT, in 1963, LaChapelle’s photography career took hold in the early 1980s, when Andy Warhol gave him his first job at Interview Magazine. LaChapelle
gained recognition for his celebrity photographs, music videos, and films before returning to his roots in fine art photography. His recent work evokes popular culture and the work of masters from art history, from Hopper to 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 lives and works in Maui, Hawaii.