Richard Tuschman: HOPPER MEDITATIONS
open to the public August 18 – October 29, 2017
Members' Opening & Preview: Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8:30 PM
Edward Hopper House is pleased to present Richard Tuschman: Hopper Meditations from August 18 through October 29, 2017. In these photographs, Tuschman (b. 1956) pays homage to Edward Hopper’s unique vision by creating staged scenes of fictional narrative “moments” that echo in subject and mood many of Hopper’s renowned images. While the effect may recall Hopper’s iconic paintings, Tuschman’s process is much different. He starts by building dollhouse-sized dioramas with painstaking precision and detail. He photographs the diorama and then incorporates images of live models--including himself--into the scene. Tuschman’s pictures, like Hopper’s, are imbued with a sense of anticipation, ambiguity and often sexual tension.
Trained as a painter and printmaker, Tuschman began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990s with the introduction of Photoshop: “Photoshop came naturally to me, and seemed much more analogous to painting and printmaking (which was good for me) than a traditional darkroom. After that, my career in photo-illustration took off.” He has exhibited his work throughout the US and abroad. Awards include the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Gold Medal, People's Choice), Critical Mass Top 50, International Kontinent Awards (1st Place, Fine Art Projects) and Center Project Launch Juror's Award (chosen by Roger Watson, Fox Talbot Museum). His photographs have can be seen on book covers and have been published in numerous online publications including Slate, LensCulture, LensScratch and Huffington Post. In 2016 he was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography. He lives and works in New York City.
Mercedes Helnwein: Chaos Theory
May 26 – August 6, 2017
With her series of oil pastels entitled Chaos Theory, Mercedes Helnwein (b. 1979) seeks to capture “the weight of quiet moments, and the triggers for chaos buried in them… the domestic cosmos and its fallout.” Born in Vienna, Austria, Helnwein now divides her time between Ireland and Los Angeles. The “American way of life” – seen from a European perspective – plays a big part in her work. She focuses on suburban American adolescence: living rooms, Halloween, prom, family members, and television sets, looking at these scenes of daily life through a “claustrophobic” lens. The stories depicted take on an obsessive quality as she returns to the subjects over and over to capture the accidental emotions that she believes these moments betray. Helnwein will also be presenting two films, Cops, and Nurses, which present enigmatic and disquieting scenes of mundane workplace inter- actions. The Hopperesque quality of her films and oil pastels, from the ambiguous dynamics of the relationships to the slice-of-life drama, recalls many of Hopper’s iconic masterworks. Hopper once said, “The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm, and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form and design.” Helnwein picks up the challenge of depicting that vast and varied realm, and her explorations will, no doubt, elicit countless new possibilities.
This exhibition is curated by Carole Perry. A fully illustrated catalogue is available. Click here for information.
Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Victoria Hertz and Rod Greenwood. Additional support has been provided by The Time Nyack and BV’s Grill.
Rock, Paper, Scissors:
Small Matters of Great Importance:
Charis J. Carmichael Braun
Sophie Tusler Byerley
Gaby Berglund Cardenas
Shabnam K. Ghazi
Carole P. Kunstadt, Award for Excellence
Susan Capizzi, Juror Recognition Award
Kristin Pesola, Juror Recognition Award
Trina Merry, Honorable Mention
Barbara Simonson, Honorable Mention