Jordan Matter: Hopperesque Dancers Among Us
April 18 – June 14, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Reception Friday, April 17, 6-8 pm
Curated by Carole Perry
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.
First Friday, May 1 @ 7 pm - Jordan Matter will discuss his work and do a "Dancers Among Us" photo shoot at Edward Hopper House
John F. Simon, Jr. : The Ever Present Sun
June 20 - August 16, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 5-7 pm
Edward Hopper House Art Center is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963). Simon 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.
Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life
August 22-October18, 2015
Curator: Shari Fischberg
Domesticity is defined as life inside a home and the activities of the family or of the people who share the space. Home is the emotional center of our existence in a somewhat fragmented society. Historically, the events that take place within these spaces have been subject matter for artists, expressing the social themes that impacted their daily lives. Nineteenth Century American artists produced sentimental visions of life portraying the idyllic family. In contrast, contemporary artists’ depictions of everyday life are complex reflections of house and home. Today’s artists challenge idealized social and familial expectations: relationship tensions, gender roles, rituals, and personal and cultural traditions are seen with layered meanings.