On View: November 20, 2020 – January 9, 2021
In Intimacy & Isolation, Bradley Stevens explores the psychological intersection of people and interior spaces. With his mastery of color, composition and gesture, Stevens lures us into quiet, contemplative moments of people lost in thought while in an art gallery, café or on a ferry ride. With his penetrating eye, he invites speculation: Who are these people and what are they thinking?
Unbeknownst to Stevens, a visit to the Edward Hopper exhibit in late February would become the spark of inspiration for this new series of paintings. The overarching feeling of intimacy and isolation present in Hopper’s iconic paintings soon became a metaphor for life as we now know it in quarantine:
“I visited the Edward Hopper exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts days before the art world–actually the whole world–shut down. As I was ruminating over Hopper’s work, little did I know the art cognoscenti would soon anoint him the quintessential artist of the pandemic and social distancing. Hopper’s paintings of solitary figures in familiar spaces speak to our times. Cooped up in our homes, how do we maintain meaningful human connections? What role does art play in this new world order? Is it even relevant when so many people are truly suffering.
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