Recent Work presents highlights of new work and projects. Currently on view is a selection from Blind Insights, an ongoing series of wall sculptures that employ a collage approach with color washes and wood elements. For Hopkins, they evoke the "visceral" layering of emotional experiences, as well as the notion of how we relate to reality by "feeling" and "listening" to our body's DNA.
Comprised of two galleries, Recent Work previews a wide array of mediums including, drawings, water-colors, collage, tea paintings, and digital photography.
Wall Sculptures represent a signature period in Hopkins' work, having evolved from a variety of materials and processes. A defining characteristic that runs throughout Hopkins' work is that of curvilinear ribs, whether in the form of hidden armatures -- as those covered with door skin or rust-stained canvas, or those exposed as looping strands of wood, or, even, skewers of wood in his collage works. They reveal an ongoing interest in the organic energy of movement -- a "creative energy" that feeds the contemplation behind his work.
Works on Paper
Works On Paper represents a cross-disciplinary approach; allowing for a broader range of ideas. In utilizing various mediums, such as graphite, water-color, collage, and tea, Hopkins continues to pursue his interest in the organic energy of movement. Although, his works on paper integrate earlier sculptural ideas, they clearly seek to navigate new paths. Even when "riffing" on a theme, Hopkins is always playing with "new" circadian rhythms.
Digital Photographs presents an adventurous selection of images glowing with color and mesmerizing textures. Hopkins’s process of combining digital-photography with the natural forces of nature creates an exciting hybrid. What are normally colorless textures come alive through Hopkins’s painterly-like adjustments of color saturation and temperature. Currently, Hopkins has organized this growing body of work into six different series.
Journal provides an intimate glimpse into the contemplation behind Hopkins' work. Using a photo-text approach, Hopkins combines personal photographs and writings as a means for meditating on various aspects of art and life. His entries also include quotations and poetry, including his own haiku, tanka and haibun. It should be noted that the majority of his photographs were taken in Beijing, particularly from the 12th floor of his roof-top patio.
Timelines are a series of "photomontages" drawn from various sources, such as exhibition announcements, catalogue images and personal photographs, that highlight key moments in Hopkins's life and career as an artist. By no means complete, Time-lines take an archeological approach by piecing together available materials like artifacts. With brief commentary, they offer a more personal background to the body of Hopkins's work.
Biography provides a brief summary of Hopkins’s career as an artist, along with a chronology of his work and cross-references to images of his work. Studio portraits help correlate the evolution of Hopkins’s work over time. In addition, Biography includes quotes about Hopkins’s approach to making art and his philosophy of life as a "creative journey". For Hopkins, life and art flow as a seamless whole.