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Gail Albert Halaban – Hopper Redux

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Edwynn Houk Gallery presents new photographs by the 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. Edward Hopper has served as an important historical precedent for Halaban’s work, and his influence is made explicit in this new series. She photographs the exact locations in Gloucester where Hopper painted in the 1920s, and her photographs of these same homes elicit an uncanny familiarity. While the images echo his watercolors, they are decidedly photographic and of the present day; the houses oscillate between the historical past and the contemporary present. Through dramatic lighting and meticulous placements of props and people within – taking cues from Hitchcock’s mise-en-scène - and her detailed post-production work, Halaban makes the buildings act as characters in their own right, evolving over the passage of time. The formal composition of each image – rigorous, deliberate, and tightly structured – acknowledges the painter’s influence on the photographer. The lone isolation of each home underscores the melancholy of his paintings.

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