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Dodho Magazine

November 27, 2013

Hopper Meditation by Richard Tuschman

By Máximo Panés

Richard Tuschman creates poetic photographic images for book covers, magazines, advertising and gallery exhibition.

He began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990’s, developing the signature  style that synthesized his interests in graphic design, photography, painting and assemblage.
This digital work found a wide audience in the commercial sector, and his work has since been featured on the pages of magazines, annual reports, book jackets, and catalogs for clients such as Adobe Systems, The New York Times, Penguin, Sony Music, Newsweek, and Random House, among others. Tuschman’s award- winning work has been recognized by, among others, American Photography, Print, AIGA, Photo District News, American Illustration, and Prix de la Photographie, Paris. He has lectured widely on his artistic technique and creative process, and has taught at Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH), University of Akron School of Art, and Ringling College of Art + Design (Sarasota, FL). He currently lives and works in New York City.

About the series, “Hopper Meditations”
For the past year and a half or so, I have been making images inspired by Edward Hopper’s intimate interior scenes. I like the idea of creating open-ended narratives that hopefully evoke some of the complexities of the human condition.

The images are digital montages using dioramas I make for the sets. Sometimes I make the dioramas first, and sometimes I photograph the models first. The pieces are very labor intensive, which actually I like. Making the miniature sets gives me a great deal of control. It is also a nice contrast to both shooting, and working on the computer, though I love all aspects of the process.



Richard Tuschman in Slate

The Photo Blog

November 25, 2013

Stunning Photographs Inspired by Edward Hopper Paintings

By David Rosenberg

Although Richard Tuschman enjoys going to the theater, he is slightly more attracted to the sets and lighting than to the drama unfolding onstage.

He was also attracted to the quiet sense of drama found in the paintings of Edward Hopper, and he used them as a launching pad for a personal project he began almost two years ago titled “Hopper Meditations.”

Tuschman has worked predominately as a commercial photographer, but he has a fine-arts background with a focus on painting, graphic design, and assemblage. He had been making dioramas for a while and wanted to use them to create interior scenes where he would digitally include a figure or two.

To do that, Tuschman began by building the dioramas. Apart from an occasional prop taken from a dollhouse or toy train set, Tuschman builds everything to a scale about big enough for his cat, Smithers, to fit inside. He then photographed his models (he used two women and cast himself for the male character) on gray, using Photoshop to create the final image.

“If it doesn’t take me a long time, it’s really not worthwhile,” Tuschman said, laughing about his process. “These pictures are almost mundane in a way. They’re really quiet and have a sort of psychological overtone to them and that was really appealing to me.”

Although the first image he created (Hotel by Railroad, 2012) set out to replicate a Hopper painting, the more he worked on the series, the less he wanted to create duplicates. “The more I did them, Hopper became more of an inspiration rather than something to copy,” he said.

“I have always loved the way Hopper’s paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition,” Tuschman wrote in his statement about the work. “The general mood in my work is more somber, and the lighting is less harsh than in Hopper’s.”

As he nears two years on the project, Tuschman said he’s beginning to crave a new direction for his work, though he’s fairly certain he’ll continue to work with dioramas, saying they give him a lot of freedom and a sense of control. “If I start losing interest, it’s a bad sign,” he said. “I don’t want to simply be known as the ‘Hopper guy.’ ”

He has received a lot of positive attention for the series, including a second-place award in the Digitally Enhanced Professional category at the 2013 International Photography Awards and third place in the Editor’s Choice category at the 2013 Center Awards.

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How a Chelsea-style photo gallery changed the game at the Shore

October 25, 2013

How a Chelsea-style photo gallery changed the game at the Shore

Photographers Tom and Lois White have been in the Manhattan commercial art scene for decades, so they know what it’s like to get hit with the business end of a camera - like having your work damaged or held up in customs, losing time and money for both the artist and venue. Art and commerce don’t always mix, but here’s how they took what they learned and flipped the traditional gallery business on its head.

Exhibit No.9 is a conceptual and experimental photography gallery that opened a couple months ago on Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. A break from the traditional documentary-style (think places and things) galleries that dominate the scene, it’s a fresh take on photography, and the artwork that lines the walls is truly breathtaking.

But Exhibit No.9 are also innovators in the logistics and day-to-day operations of an art gallery. As you walk toward the back of the space, it opens up into a full-fledged production studio. It’s a strategy that saves time and money, increases productivity, improves relationships and reduces stress for both the artist and venue.

According to gallery Director Tom White and photographer Rune Egenes, it’s not uncommon for art shows to be delayed, or cancelled altogether, due to logistical problems as a result of the gallery and studio being separate entities. Their business model is the solution to a host of snags that can occur at any given time or place.

Exhibit No.9 is truly firing on all cylinders. Born and raised in Norway, Rune Egenes holds a Master’s degree in Photography from the Film and TV Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague. His work has made its way throughout Europe, to South Korea and now to Asbury Park.

It’s almost as if their in-gallery studio is a piece of art itself - an expression of the owners’ unyielding desire to frame the ideas and experiences that move them, and address them head on, which some may say photography is all about.

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MIND Magazine in China covers Exhibit No.9, Richard Tuschman

Mind Magazine, China
The Hopper Meditation

October 2013

(by Y.U.)

N.E.W. - New Experimental Works
Period: 2013.08.17—2013.10.19
U.S.A., New Jersey, Asbury Park, Exhibit No. 9

Did Edward Hopper see such a day coming?

Had he known that his iconic sceneries - the New York apartment, silent light casting into a window, portrait in still motion… - which were created in paint and colors, would be re-created via miniature sets, models and photoshop? With unique techniques and imagination, Richard Tuschman an American photographic visual artist has created a series of poetic images The Hopper Meditation Series.

From August 17th 2013, Exhibit 9 Gallery is introducing a series of conceptual photographic visual works. The exhibition is called “n.e.w.” - new experimental works. Exhibit 9 Gallery sets its artistic style on non-traditional experimental photography. This current exhibition is contributed by Richard Tuschman, Rune Egenes and Tolo.

Diversity exists among the artists. Tuschman's work combines the elements of realistic-style painting with the photographic quality of delicateness, which is perhaps the reason for him to attract international attention. Egenes was born in Norway and practiced art in Prague, Czech. His work reflects modern concerns. Tolo is the name of a group. One of its members is the owner of the gallery, Tom White. White has years of experience in commercial design and art photography. He is thoughtful and reflective on non-traditional photography.

White says, photography, due to its technical and realistic qualities, has been a controversial medium for art since 19th century. Photographer is often seen as some sort of a technician. If a camera could produce artistic work, that seems to be an effort made by the machine. Do photographers express their personal thoughts and sensations through camera? For such a question, art historians and philosophers have a lot to debate. People seem to have opinions, but no answers.

How we see photoshop nowadays seem to fall into the same current of thinking. Photoshop is often regarded as 'a tool to correct mistakes'. And it is a complicated tool that requires study before using. The artists today, nonetheless, are creating digital images to express their artistic ideas.

By the end of the day, it is the final results of the creative ideas that get displayed in front of the audience - be them produced by whichever medium, paint, canvas, camera, or photoshop. If medium is the instrument and new techniques get invented all the time, why not sail along the emerging current?

White says, the relationship between photography and people seems to become a choice of consumption. When it comes to photography, people tend to focus their ideas on investing for a better camera, plus, maybe, reading '10 tips for taking better photos'. Is this all that photography could enlighten and inspire us?

This 'experimental' exhibition hope to remind people that photos are not mere products of camera. Photography is foremost an action initiated human. The relationship between human and photography could be more creative, subjective, personalized, and artistic. Human can invent various new techniques. Human manipulates, designs, plays with photos.

For example, Tuschman has used doll house materials to recreate miniature sets for the room scenarios from last century's New York. By this means, he could control the contrast of lights and design the relationship between the models and the space. In his images, we seem to see a subtle sense of quietness. Maybe we have noticed one thing: apartments with old-fashioned interiors may not be easy to find in the new age; yet the human loneliness imbedded in the metropolitan life seems to have transcended beyond the passage of time. Characters co-exist in a space yet without communication. Tuschman's images attract the audience by this intriguing sense of familiarity. What is his message in the images? Every person look at these images with their own life stories, Tuschman says, the audience could decide for what they see.

In front of these experimental visual works, we the audience could use our own imaginations by looking.


"n.e.w." - PRESS RELEASE

Exhibit No.9 opens in Asbury Park with “n.e.w.” exhibition

ASBURY PARK, NJ (July 29, 2013) – Exhibit No.9, contemporary gallery for conceptual and experimental photography, will be presenting its First Opening Group Exhibition “n.e.w.” (new experimental works). The exhibit will be showing from August 17 through October 19, 2013. Opening reception with the artists is on Saturday evening, August 17th, 7 to 10pm

The exhibit will feature the works of three photovisual artists:

Richard Tuschman, has been creating poetic photographic images for commercial and fine art exhibitions for three decades. Tuschman is a winner of the 2013 Prix de la Photographie Paris, the Center Choice Awards, the Kontinent Awards, and the Peaches & Cream International Juried Photo Exhibit for his Hopper Meditation Series. His work has been shown extensively in group and solo exhibitions around the world. He has been spotlighted in numerous publications on his creative process and has lectured widely on his technique.

Norwegian born, Rune Egenes, exhibited internationally throughout Europe and South Korea. His images range from surreal to startling. Rune builds bodies of work not from classically beautiful and elegant subjects, but rather those so unassuming, or even unseemly, that we often overlook them as we pass by them in daily life. Egenes earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Photography from the Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

ToLo is the collaborative photography of Tom and Lois White. Both are designers and photovisual artists immersed in various disciplines both commercially and in the fine arts. Whether it is the focus and provocative serenity of their black and white images, or the dynamic compositions of their dual-motion digital subtractive multiple exposure photography, they use their combined vision to reinterpret everyday surroundings, travel and experiences.

Exhibit No.9 focuses on works in which the medium is used to alter the traditional perceptions of photography and fine art. Located in Asbury Park, NJ. between New York City and Philadelphia

Lois White
Executive Director

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