If Edward Hopper stopped for groceries on the way home

I took this photo after work at the supermarket near my home two Fridays ago. The sun was already low in the sky at 5:30-ish p.m., as it sadly is at at this time of year. But on the plus side, just look at this cool image created by that low-angled sunlight slanting across the parking lot.

Three yellow-green awnings casting slanted shadows on an industrial brick wall

Doesn’t it kind of remind you of an Edward Hopper type mashup of light and shadow?

small town storefronts on a sunny morning Edward Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning” – Whitney Museum of American Art (visit: https://whitney.org/collection/works/46345)
white gabled house with bright noon sunlight and shadow on its walls Edward Hopper’s “High Noon” – Dayton Art Institute (visit: https://www.daytonartinstitute.org/exhibits/edward-hopper/)

I love Edward Hopper! He’s one of my very favorite artists. There’s something about his stark, clean lines and sharply delineated areas of light and shadow (bright light and deep shadow, I might add) that I find very appealing. Maybe because I tend to take photos of light and shadow myself (only because they jump out at me while I’m going about my day, not because I’m actively seeking those opportunities), I feel a special affinity with Hopper. Like he and I sort of experience the world in the same way. Visually, at least.

In doing some quick poking around online, I found a very interesting 1959 Hopper interview, with several similar light-and-shadow paintings illustrating, on the ASX (American Suburb X) art & photography website (link HERE). This is actually a fun website to explore if you like photography and art, by the way. Main website URL is americasuburbx.com.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to If Edward Hopper stopped for groceries on the way home

  1. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any windows under those awnings. Hm. Great pics!

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    • There aren’t! This building seems to follow the architectural rules of urban planning/design where your buildings have to look friendly and inviting (with features like windows) even if your intent is to remain solidly closed off for security or energy reasons. When the pharmacy in Farwell just south of Brady went in, I noticed it had fake windows as well. Somehow I always equate that pharmacy building and its required-but-not-real windows with the policy philosophy of a specific former Milwaukee mayor who was very big on urban planning.

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  2. ON Farwell. I’m all thumbs when it comes to typing text on my phone!

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