Recent Work

Charting The Depths of Inner Geography: 

A Preview of "Blind Insights"

Fin-de-Sicle, 2019
Cambria Fissures, 2019
Stratum, 2015

 "I regard these objects as 'visceral mappings' of an internal process 

we cannot see but only feel."

Lenticular, 2016

Blind Insights is a series of collage-based work that continues a trajectory of ideas from Hopkins' earlier wall sculptures, while also marking an evolutionary shift in scale and materials. For Hopkins, the intimate scale of collage is emblematic of contemplation:

     "Collage provides an analogous process of "breaking down" and 

           "piecing together" the bits of information we call reality".

On an intuitive level, these individual pieces seem to resonate like "feedback loops" between the artist and life as a creative journey. How we make sense of it all, literally, resides just below the surface -- an "inner world" of visceral feelings and insights.

Spiral Mound, 2016
In addition to its' smaller scale, Blind Insights employs a more painterly approach through its' collaged layering of gouache on paper, and colors that suggest aerial or satellite photography. Even the use of irregular planar-shapes hint at shifting geological surfaces and tectonic plates. At the same time, Hopkins' use of wood skewers, literally, extends the work into the realm of sculpture -- with various allusions to architectural and archeological structures. 

The overall impression of these hybrid-forms is that of a restless energy, in which they are seemingly morphing from one guise into another -- from one emotional terrain to another.

For a more complete view of the series, see Blind Insights Gallery.         

Parallel Stream, 2016

Sifting Through The Flotsam And Jetsam:
A Preview of "Inner Navigations"

M-Byronic, 2018
Interloper, 2018
Asylum, 2018
Incognito, 2018

Inner Navigations is a series of intuitively derived contour-line drawings that reveal Hopkins's sculptural background, as well as his improvisatory search for new forms. Characterized by indeterminate structures that seem to float in perpetual suspension, their 3D dimensionality suggests "systems" of various origins, and the potential "chaos" inherent in such a multiplicity of systems. According to Hopkins:

    "From interstellar systems to molecular systems, life is comprised of 

     a multitude of systems we navigate on a daily basis — ranging from  

     the banal to the sublime, from the unconscious to the transformational."

Occasionally, though, these systems collide, triggering states of confusion and mixed reactions -- "sparks of chaos" for some people may actually be "sparks of creativity" for others. And for Hopkins, in the world of creativity, there is no such thing as "chaos" -- only "creative chaos".

Vessel, 2018
In Inner Navigations, for example, we encounter technological-looking images that flip back and forth between their appearance as "tools" or the "subject" of such tools. This open-ended interaction between "subject" and "object" also resonates with the paradoxical relationship between the "subjective" and "objective" in quantum physics. It is precisely this open-ended gap of interpretation that provides the space for "creative chaos".

Ultimately, Hopkins's drawings serve as a field guide for his inner explorations -- a journey that ventures just beyond the shoreline of conscious meaning.  

For a more complete view of the series, see Inner Navigations Gallery.