Edwynn Houk Gallery will be exhibiting new photographs by th e New York based photographer\, Gail Albert Halaban (b 1970\, Washington D. C.). Hopper Redux is Halaban’s most recent series\, reimagining the famous watercolors by Edward Hopper in and around Gloucester\, Massachusetts. Ther e will be an opening reception for the artist Thursday\, 8 November\, 6-8 p m.

Edward Hopper has served as an important historical precede nt for Halaban’s work\, and his influence is made explicit in this new seri es. She photographs the exact locations in Gloucester where Hopper painted in the 1920s\, and her photographs of these same homes elicit an uncanny fa miliarity. While the images echo his watercolors\, they are decidedly photo graphic and of the present day\; the houses oscillate between the historica l past and the contemporary present. Through dramatic lighting and meticulo us placements of props and people within – taking cues from Hitchcock’s mis e-en-scène - and her detailed post-production work\, Halaban makes the buil dings act as characters in their own right\, evolving over the passage of t ime. The formal composition of each image – rigorous\, deliberate\, and tig htly structured – acknowledges the painter’s influence on the photographer. The lone isolation of each home underscores the melancholy of his painting s.

In each series of Halaban’s work\, she explores the tension s between private spaces and public displays\, made perhaps most striking i n heavy urban streets of Out My Window\, a collection of images taken throu gh and of the windows and buildings in New York City. It’s an acknowledgeme nt of what we all do\, whether spoken or not\, of being a voyeur\, incessan tly peering into others’ windows. Hopper Redux further explores some of the themes from Out My Window: the urbanity\, the individual isolation\, and t he voyeur. As in Out My Window\, the subjects seen in the windows or on the front sidewalks are active participants\, aware of being photographed\, po sing. They are looking out whilst also being gazed upon. In Hopper Redux\, the homes themselves are active participants too.

Hopper Redu x will be Halaban’s first exhibition with the gallery. Hopper Redux was the subject of a preview within the New York Times Magazine in the July 22\, 2 012 issue. She has had several group and one-man exhibitions both here and abroad including at the Gulbenkian Foundation\, Paris and the Center of Pho tography and Moving Image\, New York. Previous series of works include Abou t Thirty\, This Stage of Motherhood\, and Out My Window. Her photographs ha ve been published in numerous publications including The New Yorker\, W\, a nd Aperture. Out My Window is the subject of a major publication by powerHo use Books\, to be released in September 2012. Halaban holds an MFA from Yal e University.

LOCATION:Edwynn Houk Gallery\,745 Fifth Avenue\, 4th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10151 SUMMARY: Hopper Redux\, Gail Albert Halaban END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR