MATTHEW HOPKINS
HEADS
23 MAR – 16 APR 2011

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Ascending Head #1-3 2011
oil on canvas
85 × 87 cm 

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Ascending Head #5 (Forced Ascension) 2010
oil on canvas
110 × 137 cm

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Bottoms 2011
Framed etching
42 × 49 cm
Edition of 3

Installation view of Matthew Hopkins's framed etchings

 MATTHEW HOPKINS  People Coming Together Through A Shared Object  2011 acrylic and lacquered air drying clay, lead pencils dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
People Coming Together Through A Shared Object 2011
acrylic and lacquered air drying clay, lead pencils
dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
People Coming Together Through A Shared Object 2011 (Detail)
acrylic and lacquered air drying clay, lead pencils
dimensions variable

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Ascension/Descension 2011
oil on canvas
107 × 84 cm

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Ascending Head #3 2011
oil on canvas
85 × 87 cm

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Top/Bottom 2011
Framed etching
42 × 49 cm
Edition of 3

MATTHEW HOPKINS
Tops 2011
Framed etching
42 × 49 cm
Edition of 3


Other-worldly experiences are at the centre of Matthew Hopkins’ third solo exhibition at Gallery 9 which incorporates three series of works featuring discombobulated and tortured heads. Hopkins’ practice exists where the absurd, the grotesque and the uncanny intersect, offering a comically haunting account of the confused (ill)logic we use to rationalise personal and collective existential crises.

'Ascending Heads' is a series of paintings depicting sickly heads severed at the neck. With furrowed brows and frowns, they float reluctantly upwards. These reluctant ascenders characterise Hopkins’ uncertainties about his own mystical and psychedelic experiences. In the sculptural sound installation People coming together through a shared object, a mass of sculpted heads are arranged in pairs on columns, a deformed monument of cartoon philosophers. Each pair share a pencil – they are connected through the most basic of artists instruments. Facing each other as
if in conversation, one has the ability to write history, while the other erases, alluding to the nature of existence and creation.

Hypnagogia is the experience of waking dreams or lucid dreaming and the sound/video work 'Hypnagogic Reconstruction #1 - Heads' recreates the artist’s personal experience with hypnagogic phenomena. It features a projected video with a soundtrack composed by Hopkins and long time musical collaborator Jonathan Hochman. The pair perform under the moniker Hochman & Hopkins. With synthesizers, clunking percussive samples, and dramatically pitch-shifted vocals, Hochman & Hopkins produce music that is part video game, part industrial noise, and part mantra.

Matthew Hopkins and his band, Naked on the Vague, are performing at the New Museum, New York as part of the ‘Get Weird’ monthly sound series held in conjunction with the exhibition George Condo: Mental States.