Wall Sculptures: Overview
Blind Insights reveals Hopkins' fascination with the "visceral" nature of emotional experiences and how they are processed through our bodies' system of "feedback-loops". The layering process of collage, along with the elements of gouache washes and wooden skewers, provides Hopkins with an evocative combination of materials for exploring the mysterious process of contemplation — the ultimate source of self-identity and meaning.
Circadian Loops is a series of wall sculptures characterized by twisting loops of wood, and are inspired by notions of "circadian rhythms" -- biological clocks that operate in roughly 24 hour cycles as "adaptations to life on a rotating world". As the series evolved, Hopkins began to incorporate colored fabric and plastic, which, in turn, suggested figurative forms in gymnast-like movement. Hopkins prefers to dramatize their interactive energy by installing them in scattered clusters on the wall -- creating, what he terms, "a parallel universe of circadian rhythms".
Rust-Stained Series represents Hopkins' exclusive use of oxidation as a means for staining canvas, having evolved from his earlier experiments with various process approaches in the Process-Work Series. For Hopkins the process of wrapping and unwrapping rusted metal with wet canvas imbues the work with a "shroud-like pathos" by evoking the absence of someone or something through "the presence of their transferred stains". The use of curvilinear armatures, comprised of wooden ribs, helps to give the work an "otherworldly" sculptural presence that is both alluring and mysterious.
Doorskin Sculptures & Installations
Doorskin Sculptures, which also includes wall sculptures, continues the reductive approach that Hopkins first began with Secular Templates, a series completed prior to his moving to downtown Los Angeles. A working metaphor Hopkins used during this series was that of "stripping-down a couch" — a minimalist conceit for exposing the underlying, skeletal structure of form. In following this approach, Hopkins worked exclusively with a "doorskin-and-wood-frame" construction. The use of interior openings — which literally invite viewers to step inside, add an element of whimsical and playful interaction. Likewise, with his Installations projects, Hopkins pursued a similar approach in a number of installations he made during this time.
See Doorskin Sculptures & Installations Gallery.