June 11, 2015
Have enough aesthetic and literary knowledge to know what you’re up to. You need not be up to a lot, you just need to know how to do what you’re up to. That way, knowledge and intention can meet, and you will produce a complete compositon. — Colin Foote Burch
Colorful, bullish, striking exteriors have nothing inside. Some of Hopper’s best paintings of architecture are brightly lit and strongly colored, yet many of the unavoidable windows are dark. Some doors, too, seem nearly cavernous. Some windows and doors yawn blackness. (Perhaps my own mind is to blame, but my eyes are drawn to some of those windows and doors.) They appear ominous, similar to our experience of cracked closet doors or staircases fading down into an unlit basement.
When Hopper shows us an interior, he shows us isolation. If human figures aren’t alone in a room, they are situated singularly. Some solitary individuals stare out windows. Paintings like “Sun in an Empty Room” only emphasize these themes of loneliness and emptiness.
The modern world looks outstanding from the outside, but the inside can be hollow, lonely, even scary.
As Leslie Jamison wrote in a somewhat different context, “We often find loneliness gazing back at us from those corners where we’ve tried to take refuge from it.”
Also see “Edward Hopper’s art, through his wife’s eyes.”
“A brief observation: The exteriors and interiors of Edward Hopper” by Colin Foote Burch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
More on Art.
One of our personal favorite Bennett photos in the current Brevity accompanies “Green Light” by Sven Birkerts.
November 25, 2011
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15-year-old photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic, The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham Science , Fennel and Fern and Nature’s Best Photography. She has had her photographs published in exhibitions and magazines across the world including the Guardian, RSPB Birds, RSPB Bird Life, Dot Dot Dash, Alabama Coast, Alabama Seaport and NG Kids Magazine (the most popular kids magazine in the world). She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus sponsored “See The Bigger Picture” global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. She was also the only visual artist published in the Taj Mahal Review June 2011. She was the youngest artist to be displayed in Charnwood Art’s Vision 09 Exhibition and New Mill’s Artlounge Dark Colours Exhibition. View a LiturgicalCredo gallery of her photography here.