Sculpture in the Garden 2016: Santi Hitorangi and James Tyler
June 3 - October 23, 2016
Reception Friday June 3, 6 PM
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 Brickhead installations 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.
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 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.
September 17 to November 13, 2016
The Hudson River played an important role in Edward Hopper’s emotional and artistic development. Growing up in Nyack, NY, he had a view of the river from his bedroom window and he spent many hours at the village docks and shipyards, sketching and watching the building and rigging of boats. As a result of his love of the river, boats and waterscapes were a common subject in his art throughout his career. This exhibition documents the work of renowned artists who depicted the Hudson River during Edward Hopper’s lifetime (1882-1967) and reveals the change in artistic sensibilities and the evolving riverscape during those years.
Among the artists included in this exhibition are Reynolds Beal, Joseph Biel,
J.O. Davidson, A.B. Davies, C.K. Chatterton, William Fisher, Biskram Hartman,
John Henry Hill, and Hal Robinson.
This exhibition is curated by Mark Waller.