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Photographic Meditations on the Paintings of Edward Hopper [NSFW]

These arresting images from the artist Richard Tuschman’s series, Hopper Meditations compose a startling and powerful response to Edward Hopper’s paintings. Tuschman’s project (which we spotted via This Isn’t Happiness) was born of the artist’s great appreciation for Hopper’s work. “I have always loved the way his paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition,” Lenscratch quotes the artist as saying. Above all, Tuschman seems to value the theatrical quality of Hopper’s art, casting his subjects as actors emulating the painter’s enigmatic characters. Tuschman’s project itself is also performative, insofar as his work seeks to mimic Hopper’s, thus dismantling the “fourth wall” of the earlier artist’s paintings to put us in the frame. Blowing the dust off the originals with his own series of intimate yet reserved scenes, Tuschman poses new mysteries in addition to those Hopper left for us to untangle.

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Photo credit: Richard Tuschman

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