Here is Holly Gordon with Jim Spates Honorary Arthur Dove Chair
Professor of Sociology Emeritus: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Jim Spates is a retired professor of sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and Vice President of the Dove Block Restoration Group. He taught at HWS for 43 years and has always been interested in modern art. He believes this chance to elevate the story of Arthur Dove’s history in Geneva and his importance in contemporary American art is a remarkable opportunity for the city; Jim is delighted to be part of this important project.
This is the link to their recent talk at the #DoveBlockProject in Geneva, NY.
That Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper inadvertently stumbled over a connection with the early 20th century abstract artists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr in 2014 became an integral part of their award-winning book Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration. Long Island is steeped in art history and their collaborative creative journey has connected them to Geneva, NY.
Dove broke from Picasso, Matisse, Miro, etc. to develop his own personal painting style and is considered by some historians to be America’s first 20th century abstract painter and Holly Gordon’s innovative photo-liminalism, described in Chapter 5 of the book, has become part of the 21st century international and social movement called Techspressionism. See https://techspressionism.com and doveblockproject.org for additional information.
Listen to Ron’s Interview with Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper
They met through social media—as seniors, not millennials. Holly Gordon, a fine arts and documentary photographer, and Ward Hooper, a watercolor painter, were introduced by a writer and mutual friend, who noticed distinctive similarities in the work of the two artists, who shared a mutual affinity for color and light. When Holly met Ward, the two immediately connected as artists, and soon became close friends, meeting regularly and visiting local places that inspired their individual creativity. And the rest is history—still in the making. In today’s episode, you’ll hear the remarkable stories of Holly and Ward, how their lives serendipitously intertwined, resulting in an unusual collaboration of exhibitions, presentations, projects and a book that combined their two works, “Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration.” Holly, a multi-faceted artist and long-time teacher, will describe her innovative use of technology to create photographs that look, at first glance, like paintings made by a brush, a process she calls “photo-liminalism.” She’ll talk about how she has joined a growing contemporary artistic and social movement known as “techspressionism,” an approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience. Ward, for his part, will talk about the dramatic resurgence of work through his collaboration with Holly—and his use of technology as a means of teaching and sharing art to new generations. Theirs is a story of resilience; the daily pursuit of creativity as a life-affirming force; and the steadfast advocacy for the arts as a means of engaging and inspiring humanity, no matter what our age. As Holly puts it simply: “Art is a wonder drug.”
Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper will share their book, Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration, at the The Dove Block Project in Geneva, NY where Arthur Dove came from before he and Helen Torr sailed into Centerport Harbor in 1924.