Philip Koch: Landscapes and Hopper Interiors
Through April 12, 2015
Edward Hopper House presents a selection of paintings and drawings by Philip Koch (b. 1948), including large. vibrant landscape paintings as well as smaller oils and charcoal drawings of the interiors of both Edward Hopper’s Truro, MA, studio and of Hopper’s Nyack home.
At the start of his career in the late 1960s, Koch was an abstract painter, but he soon turned to a more realist style when, he says, “[Edward] Hopper came along and tapped me on the shoulder.” Since 1983, Koch has had 15 residencies in Hopper’s home and studio in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod. He has also painted in Hopper’s bedroom at the Edward Hopper House. Spending time in the spaces inhabited by Hopper, seeing the same views, and experiencing the play of light and shadow in the rooms and on the surrounding houses has provided Koch with a unique understanding of Hopper’s work and process. Koch has used that understanding as a guide as he has forged his own artistic identity.
Koch, who is a Senior Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, makes regular sojourns to upstate New York and New England, following in the footsteps and painting the same views as the likes of Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and the Hudson River School artists he so admires. “Each generation” says Koch “needs a new image of what our earth looks like in our time. There will always be a need for landscape painters to show us where we live.”
Jordan Matter: Hopperesque Dancers Among Us
April 17 – June 14, 2015; reception Friday, April 17, 6-8 pm
Edward Hopper House Art Center is pleased to present a selection of works by Jordan Matter from Dancers Among Us, 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 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, 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.
Edward Hopper– Memorabilia and Early Work
Ongoing in the Sanborn Gallery and Hopper Bedroom
Early drawings, paintings, and etchings, together with memorabilia, including model boats made by Hopper, paint boxes, and an easel, are presented on an ongoing basis.
Edward Hopper House Spring Benefit: Hopper on the Hudson
Sunday, April 19, 3-5:30 pm, Nyack Boat Club
Enjoy light fare, informative talks, entertainment and a silent auction. More details to come.
First Friday Events
- Friday, March 6, 7 pm – Artist Gallery talk by Philip Koch. Exhibiting artist Philip Koch will discuss his work and process and its connection to Edward Hopper.
- First Friday Artist of the Month Receptions at Edward Hopper House, 6 pm:
March 2015 Artist of the Month: Kikki Ghezzi – Reception March 6
April 2015 Artist of the Month: Ken Carbone – Reception April 3