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"Gretchen Hupfel: Horizontal Stabilizer"
2001-01-12 until 2001-03-10
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
USA United States of America
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center presents new work by Atlanta-based artist Gretchen Hupfel. Hupfels body of work titled Horizontal Stabilizer will consist of a two room installation of ten photographs and one sculpture. Hupfels airplane imagery is a photographic coup. She captures in a single shot what might appear to be images that have undergone digital manipulation. Soaring, winged masses of metal collide at seemingly disastrous angles with other objects, ultimately offering the viewer an intense optical illusion.
Hupfel states, Airplanes have hubris. I understand the airfoil but that doesnt help when it comes to comprehending the miracle of lifting tons of metal into the sky. Airplanes are something like angels. As passengers, we are closer to heaven than well ever get. This might explain why its particularly devastating when they crash to the ground.
Gretchen Hupfel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally in museums and galleries including City Gallery East (Atlanta), the Atlanta College of Art, White Columns (NYC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), and The Fulcrum Gallery (San Francisco). Hupfel has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Delaware State Arts Council. Her work is included in several corporate and individual collections. Hupfel is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.