Edward Hopper's Paintings Invaded by Social Media

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Nastya Nudnik places social media icons and emojis in works of art, like Edward Hopper's 'Sunday' (1926) Nastya Nudnik places social media icons and emojis in works of art, like Edward Hopper's Sunday (1926) (Nastya Nudnik)

Edward Hopper’s depictions of modern American life are full of loneliness, regret, and boredom — emotions that, 70 years later, social media seems to have heightened. But Nastya Nudnik has fun with that in her series Emoji-nation.

A man sitting by himself with Instagram’s “no followers” symbol confirms our suspicions about that vacant stare. When a boy's kiss is returned with iMessage's “…”, we don't have to wait for the full reply to know that she's just not that into him.

Scroll down to see some of the images.

Nudnik got inspired to create the series when she realized that some emoji were remarkably similar to some famous faces in fine art: the “shocked” emoji looks an awful lot like Edward Munch’s The Scream, no? Even God isn't above the laws of social media: His Facebook profile gets the message "Sorry, this user already has too many friend requests.”

You can see more of Nudnik's work here.

Nastya Nudnik places social media icons and emojis in works of art.

Nastya Nudnik places social media icons and emojis in works of art. (Nastya Nudnik)


Edward Hopper's Summer Evening (1947).

Edward Hopper's Summer Evening (1947). (Nastya Nudnik)


Edward Hopper's Conference At Night (1949).

Edward Hopper's Conference At Night (1949). (Nastya Nudnik)


Edward Hopper's Excursion into Philosophy (1959).

Edward Hopper's Excursion into Philosophy (1959). (Nastya Nudnik)


Edward Hopper's Sunlight in a Cafeteria (1958).

Edward Hopper's Sunlight in a Cafeteria (1958). (Nastya Nudnik)


The "shocked" emoji and Edward Munch's The Scream (1893).

The "shocked" emoji and Edward Munch's The Scream (1893). (Nastya Nudnik)


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Comments [4]

Julia from Studio 360

Hi Beej,

Thanks so much for pointing out how difficult it was to see the detail in the images in our original slideshow. We have embedded larger versions of the images in the post and hope that makes it easier!

May. 29 2014 10:53 AM
Hannah from LA

I don't mean to be too negative, but these just make me clench my jaw, they are so trite. I realize it's done with a sense of humor and irreverence, but I recall in art school the disappointing feeling that so much of the work was "catch of the day" conversation piece work, and lacking in genuine originality. This reminds me of that work. There are so many amazing artists out there with original visions who don't riff directly on art history or make some kind of ironic non-statement. I wish more artists got the attention they deserve.

May. 28 2014 10:02 PM

These are clever riffs on traditional paintings. Problem is, you can hardly see them--or maybe this is only my problem. When I click on an image, it doesn't enlarge--I'm merely sent to the next image. On my screen, the "shocked" emoji (for example) is barely bigger than the head of a pin. Impossible to discern any detail in it whatsoever. Ooff!

May. 28 2014 11:57 AM

But clearly the "shocked" emoji was directly inspired by Munch to begin with.

May. 27 2014 12:39 PM

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