DEEP TANKS MEDIA RELEASE
Above: Side of House with Tiny Window, Staten Island.
© 2013 by Edward Coppola.
PROPERTY LINE: STATEN ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHS
Nov. 8 – Dec. 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 8, 8pm-2am
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, Dec. 6, 3-4pm
150 Bay St.
Staten Island, NY 10301
Viewing by appointment and during scheduled weekend events; more information at deeptanks.com • Phone 917.597.5175 or 917.669.1094 • email@example.com
DEEP TANKS is pleased to showcase images from Property Line: Staten Island Photographs, Edward Coppola’s ongoing color digital photography series. Coppola documents aspects of Staten Island’s domestic vernacular architecture, and in the process finds that the everyday landscapes of homes and yards seem to reveal people’s relationships with one another and the world around them.
For many years Coppola worked on a similar theme in certain areas of Brooklyn and Queens, in black-and-white. He has lived in Staten Island for the past 12 years, and considers it to be an even more visually exciting subject for his project. The island’s topography of hills and harbors offers unique views; its combined urban/suburban identity is distinctive; and its styles and periods of architecture overlap in surprising ways.
Coppola is intrigued by the jumbled geometry and dizzying convergences of vinyl siding, chain-link fencing, and telephone wires. Sometimes he discovers a stillness and a beauty amid the vistas of condos, townhouses, and lawns. Often there are sparks of humor or pathos suggested by objects in front yards and driveways. The formal shapes of architectural structures in the glancing sunlight might come together in a classical perspective — a little garage sits serenely amid large houses; a satellite dish or a fencepost catches the light in a sculptural way.
These photographs walk a thin line between an appreciation of documentation and description, and a visual enjoyment of the formal qualities of two-dimensional design. Coppola seeks to maintain the balance and subtlety required by this approach, and hopes that a sense of poetry has emerged. More images at edcoppolaphotography.tumblr.com/
ABOUT EDWARD COPPOLA
Edward Coppola is a photographer and sculptor living in Staten Island, NY. He is an adjunct professor and tenured chief college laboratory technician in photography at Brooklyn College. He received his MFA in photography from Brooklyn College in 1998. Works by Coppola have been exhibited across the U.S.; venues have included Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ; Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle; Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; St. Francis College, Brooklyn; CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY; the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY; and St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, NYC.
This exhibition is made possible (in part) by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.