Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce the online exhibition, Celebrating Chip Hooper, a collection of early works celebrating Chip Hooper who left this planet way too soon.
Before Hooper dove into his seminal series photographing oceans where he captured the delicate and ever changing horizon where sky and water meet, and before he began incorporating elements of abstract expressionism in his large scale color seascapes, Hooper spent years documenting the American western wilderness. In these early works all created prior to 2000, Hooper channels the influence of f64 artists such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston but quickly reveals a special relationship forming between himself and his subject matter. These technically precise and tactile prints that capture vast areas convey a spiritual solitude that would go on to be an ever-present quality in all of Hooper’s subsequent works. The gallery is delighted to present this rare group of early prints.
Chip Hooper (1962 - 2016) was born in Miami, and raised in Chicago. His relationship with bodies of water began at an early age, experimenting with photographs of Lake Michigan. He settled in Carmel Valley, California, in 1988 and became a regular visitor to the coast, lured by the majesty and tranquility of the Pacific Ocean. His work is in permanent collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Monterey Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Tokyo Photographic Cultural Center, and has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ARTnews, The Oregonian, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, among others.
The show will be on view online till April 30, 2021: http://www.robertmann.com