MATTHEW HOPKINS
STILL LIFE BRAING SPOT CLOCKS
19 AUG – 5 SEPT 2009

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Accidental Still Life #1 - 4 2009
silver gelatin photographs
8 x 10 inches
Edition of 3 

 

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Brainspot #1 - 3 - INSTALLATION 2009
silver gelatin photographs
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 3 

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Bent Time (Dali Redux) P.O.A. 2009
Video installation
dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Bent Time (Dali Redux) P.O.A. 2009
Video installation
dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Apparition of Bart Simpson 2009
silver gelatin photograph
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

MATTHEW HOPKINS
The Thing Holding All the Photographs Together P.O.A. 2009
mixed media
dimensions variable
Edition of 3

 MATTHEW HOPKINS  Brainspot #3   2009 silver gelatin photographs 40.64 × 50.8 inches Edition of 3

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Brainspot #3  2009
silver gelatin photographs
40.64 × 50.8 inches
Edition of 3

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Bent Time (Dali Redux) P.O.A. 2009
Video installation
dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
A Chance Demon Off Duty  P.O.A.  2009
mixed media
dimensions variable  

MATTHEW HOPKINS
The Thing Holding All the Photographs Together P.O.A. 2009
mixed media
dimensions variable
Edition of 3 

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Brainspot #1  2009
silver gelatin photographs
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Brainspot #2  2009
silver gelatin photographs
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

An Even Briefer History of Time 2009
silver gelatin photograph
40.64 × 50.8 inches
Edition of 3 


Gallery 9 presents Matthew Hopkins


In this somewhat absurdist and alchemical exhibition, emerging artist Matthew Hopkins presents a distinct bodies of work which challenge the very action of perception.
He works with connotations of disparate elements which combine, seemingly haphazardly, to create new forms. The emphasis on evolving process as a means of production rather than following a recipe towards a pre-conceived form, leads this show a refreshing rawness. The muddiness and uncertainty of the images make the audience work harder.

Hopkin's works are both video-based and photographic. His photographs are literal "brain spots", places in the mind where potential connections between objects and ideas are played out. Hopkins layers his images with randomly selected objects and images from his personal collections. The results are black and white multiple exposures, part teenage-stoner grunge, part surrealist photograph, with a surprising elegance.

As viewers often expectant that the artist has something very clear to say, preconceived and refined, as if they were somehow imparting secret knowledge through a specific purified image. Hopkins dispels this concept, revealing the magic is often in the mud.