The debut exhibition of The Brush/Lens Project consisted of 26 image pairs, totaling 52 works that appear in this catalog. 

 

Each pair was identified with its specific record location sinage that provided unique perspective and insight for the viewer to see photographs of the actual location as well as the creative interpretation of each artist.

 

The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery of the Art League of Long Island is a 2300 square foot bi-level gallery that spans 208 linear feet. Twenty additional image pairs were excluded from the exhibition due to wall space constraints  and as the collaboration continues new works are being created. 

 

This museum quality exhibition is scalable and images can be selected to meet the criteria of individual curators. 

 

The Brush/Lens Project Exhibition Catalog

Long Island City
Long Island City

The first connection between painter Ward Hooper and photographer Holly Gordon was made on Facebook. The first creative connection was made long before the collaboration began....when they were living independent parallel lives. The Brush/Lens Project has been transformative and inspirational.

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Night Lights
Night Lights

The first connection between painter Ward Hooper and photographer Holly Gordon was made on Facebook. The first creative connection was made long before the collaboration began....when they were living independent parallel lives. The Brush/Lens Project has been transformative and inspirational.Describe your image here

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Spring Blooms
Spring Blooms

The second visual connection via Facebook postings was inspired by mutual love of the tulip.

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Beneath the Bloom
Beneath the Bloom

The second visual connection via Facebook postings was inspired by mutual love of the tulip.

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Victorian House
Victorian House

This is the starting point of the actual face to face collaboration.Ward took Holly to his inspiration locations and showed her his point of vision...

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Victorian House
Victorian House

...and of course added and deleted what he chose to paint. Holly laughed and said that was just what she did too!

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House on Scudder Beach
House on Scudder Beach

At the foot of Northport Harbor is Scudder Beach where the caretaker's cottage sits.

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The Caretaker's Cottage
The Caretaker's Cottage

At the foot of Northport Harbor is Scudder Beach where the caretaker's cottage sits.

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House on Bayview
House on Bayview

Bayview Avenue is lined with historic Victorian homes that once belonged to early Northport sea captains.

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68 Bayview
68 Bayview

Bayview Avenue is lined with historic Victorian homes that once belonged to early Northport sea captains.

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Seymour's Boatyard
Seymour's Boatyard

Up on Bayview Avenue Seymour's Boatyard resides among the old historic homes of sea captains. It is the oldest working boatyard and in my estimation, the most photogenic boatyard on Long Island.

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Seymour's Boatyard
Seymour's Boatyard

Up on Bayview Avenue Seymour's Boatyard resides among the old historic homes of sea captains. It is the oldest working boatyard and in my estimation, the most photogenic boatyard on Long Island.

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Race Day
Race Day

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Prepping fro the Race
Prepping fro the Race

The vertical patterns of brightly colored sails are a dynamic contrast to the horizontals of the sky and water. Racing energy and

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Markers and Shadows
Markers and Shadows

Color and light are the elements embraced by Ward and Holly. the bold patterns of color were the visual lure that got them both--hook, line and sinker!

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Oh Buoys!
Oh Buoys!

Color and light are the elements embraced by Ward and Holly. the bold patterns of color were the visual lure that got them both--hook, line and sinker!

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Tony and his Harley
Tony and his Harley

This painting had never appeared in any prior exhibition and Ward wanted it to be part of The Brush/Lens Project...so Holly expanded her quests to seek motorcyclists...proving that collaborations can be expansive in many ways.

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Varoom!
Varoom!

This painting had never appeared in any prior exhibition and Ward wanted it to be part of The Brush/Lens Project...so Holly expanded her quests to seek motorcyclists...proving that collaborations can be expansive in many ways. He was stopped in traffic and I was ready to shoot. Reflections in the chrome and the shadow on the road were made to order.

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Makamah Beach #1
Makamah Beach #1

Personal interpretation of the same location and viewpoint. Their collaboration continues to be a transformative journey with no end in sight.

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Makamah Beach Looking Eastward
Makamah Beach Looking Eastward

Personal interpretation of the same location and viewpoint. Their collaboration continues to be a transformative journey with no end in sight.

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Makamah Beach #2
Makamah Beach #2

The iconic landmark of the Northport stacks is telling, both in its presence and in its absence.

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Stacked Against Us
Stacked Against Us

The iconic landmark of the Northport stacks is telling, both in its presence and in its absence. This is also a symbolic rail against encroachment of utility companies that deface our space and a peaceful protest to pursue solar energy.

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Kings Park Bluffs
Kings Park Bluffs

The rugged coastal terrain of the north shore continues to be visual inspiration for artists as well as beach-goers, kayakers, fishermen, etc.

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The Bluffs
The Bluffs

The rugged coastal terrain of the north shore continues to be visual inspiration for artists as well as beach-goers, kayakers, fishermen, etc.

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Ward Hooper

Holly Gordon

Ward Hooper

Holly Gordon

Crab Meadow with Stephanie
Crab Meadow with Stephanie

While this is a popular spot for beach-goers, it is tantalizing for artists as the colors and textures and shapes continually undergo transition with the seasons.

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Swamped
Swamped

While this is a popular spot for beach-goers, it is tantalizing for artists as the colors and textures and shapes continually undergo transition with the seasons.

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Eastport, Maine
Eastport, Maine

Separated by states but united in vision we wanted our exhibit to show the diversity of our subject range as well as a varied palette. Ward had this brilliant painting in red and asked Holly if she had an image to pair with it....and of course she did!

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Urban Rainbow
Urban Rainbow

Minneapolis, Minnesota was red, the Valspar Building, and Holly happened to photograph it a few years earlier when she happened to see it on her way to the Metrodome as part of a Jay Buckley Baseball tour just before the stadium was demolished. This image had been sitting on her Drobo...until now. Thanks, Ward!

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Cold Spring Harbor Pond
Cold Spring Harbor Pond

Ward and Holly visited this location and created their paintings several months before the discovered that they were following in the footsteps of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr.

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Indian Summer
Indian Summer

Ward and Holly visited this location and created their paintings several months before the discovered that they were following in the footsteps of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr.

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Eaton's Neck
Eaton's Neck

Leading lines and the dynamic diagonal are elemental...but the image must resonate with the viewer. This secluded coastal area provides endless visual tranquility.

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On the Edge
On the Edge

Leading lines and the dynamic diagonal are elemental...but the image must resonate with the viewer. This secluded coastal area provides endless visual tranquility.

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Heading Out
Heading Out

Stained and weathered wood, bright colors, shadows and reflections and varied water tempos provide kaledoscopic visual stimuli for the 'boat of us'!

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Dockside #3
Dockside #3

Stained and weathered wood, bright colors, shadows and reflections and varied water tempos provide kaledoscopic visual stimuli for the 'boat of us'!

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House with Kayak Rental
House with Kayak Rental

At the end of Old Dock Road in Kings Park there once was a big white house that offered kayaks for rent. The house is still there as is a rickety old fence...but no kayaks to rent. People bring their own and there are plenty of kayakers, too!

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Remnants
Remnants

At the end of Old Dock Road in Kings Park there once was a big white house that offered kayaks for rent. The house is still there as is a rickety old fence... Interesting how we choose to focus...sometimes taking a broad view and sometimes taking a small part and making it the entire story...

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Coindre Hall
Coindre Hall

Ward's first new painting made during the Brush/Lens Project collaboration excited Holly enormously as she was able to see her influence/inspiration on his creativity.

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Coindre Hall
Coindre Hall

Ward's first new painting made during the Brush/Lens Project collaboration excited Holly enormously as she was able to see her influence/inspiration on his creativity.

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Coindre Hall Boathouse
Coindre Hall Boathouse

Visions of the boathouse during its 'golden age' is portrayed in Ward's painting. By the time he introduced this setting to Holly the boathouse was in grave disrepair and boarded up.

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Boathouse-View
Boathouse-View

Holly immediately connected the color and light to painting of Venice and chose to focus on a perspective from the hillside above and have the shrubbery block the boarded-up boathouse.

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Cove Beach
Cove Beach

Ward opted for the repetitive patterns and of the beachside dwellings and the muted colors of the landscape...all mirrored in the water.

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BeachyKeen
BeachyKeen

It was a bright and opulently sunny day when Ward took Holly to Cove Beach where she was stuck by the intensity of the sky and clouds and patchwork of colors dotted on the sand. The Sunday New York Times chose to feature this image in promoting the Brush/Lens Project Exhibition.

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Boys of Summer
Boys of Summer

This is the second painting that Ward created during the Brush/Lens collaboration. While Holly usually chooses to omit people in her work, both were struck by the light and shadows on the figures and said to each other simultaneously, 'William Glackens' and Holly took many photographs of the boys. Both were inspired to create and expand their vision.

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Boys of Summer
Boys of Summer

This is the second painting that Ward created during the Brush/Lens collaboration. While Holly usually chooses to omit people in her work, both were struck by the light and shadows on the figures and said to each other simultaneously, 'William Glackens' and Holly took many photographs of the boys. Both were inspired to create and expand their vision.

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Joan Painting in Shirley's Garden
Joan Painting in Shirley's Garden

Both Ward and Holly created images of their artist friends painting 'en plein air' long before the Brush/Lens collaboration began.

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Painting in Giverny
Painting in Giverny

Both Ward and Holly created images of their artist friends painting 'en plein air' long before the Brush/Lens collaboration began.

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Moody Blues
Moody Blues

Holly helped Ward name this painting and then went through her image inventory to find something to pair with it.

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Cinereria
Cinereria

Holly helped Ward name this painting and then went through her image inventory to find something to pair with it. When she discovered a quilt of cineraria photographed several years earlier, she looked at it with new eyes and re-created this image...far more dynamic than her original...and that is why she describes some of her work as 'beyond photography' because the photograph was just the beginning.

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The Dove-Torr House
The Dove-Torr House

The Dove-Torr Cottage, listed on the National Registry of Historic Houses, sits lonely on the edge of Titus Mill Pond in Centerport, LI. It is boarded up and takes one's imagination as well as knowledge to comprehend that it was the hub for inspiration and creativity that came from Arthur Dove and Helen Torr...two early American abstract artists whose relationship effected and transform their art. This discovery was a eureka moment for Ward and Holly.

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The Dove-Torr House
The Dove-Torr House

The Dove-Torr Cottage, listed on the National Registry of Historic Houses, sits lonely on the edge of Titus Mill Pond in Centerport, LI. It is boarded up and takes one's imagination as well as knowledge to comprehend that it was the hub for inspiration and creativity that came from Arthur Dove and Helen Torr...two early American abstract artists whose relationship effected and transform their art. This discovery was a eureka moment for Ward and Holly.

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Ward Hooper paints on Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper with Windsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Grunbacher Finest Watercolor paints.
Paintings sized, matted and framed 32x25.5
Long Island City, matted and framed 40x32
Tony and his Harley, matted and framed 32x40
 
Holly Gordon prints on Epson Stylus Pro Series goclee printers using Epson archival matte paper and Epson archival ink. All work is professionally matted and framed with acid-free mats and conservation non-glare glass.
Images 28x20.5, matted and framed 28x20.5
Seymour's Boatyard and Swamped, matted and framed 50x33 
 
 
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