MATTHEW HOPKINS
WORD WORK
3–27 JUNE 2015

This exciting exhibition presents two new bodies of work by Matthew Hopkins:

Trevor’s Trance is a mixed media installation based on a script, written by Hopkins, which occurs in a number of ‘acts’. Each ‘act’ describes certain works in the installation through the fragmented internal monologues of a character, Trevor, detailing his feelings of morphing into monochromatic objects and paintings.

Word Work presents a body of wood relief style abstract paintings that employ material scraps such as wood off-cuts, chewed gum, and bits of painting rags, to echo the material scraps of normative speech; non-linguistic sound, nonsense, breathing, and fluid by-products of the throat and mouth.

Matthew Hopkins (b. 1978, Sydney) is a Melbourne-based artist whose work examines the relationship between visual art and sound. Working with painting, objects, video and text, Hopkins explores how sound, particularly abstracted vocalisations, might be considered grotesque, absurd and liminal in nature, and how experiences of these sounds can be rendered visually. Hopkins completed his Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (USyd) in 2013, during which time he undertook a semester at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent (Belgium) as a recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship. In 2014 Hopkins presented a live sound performance as part of the Liquid Architecture Festival, Sydney, was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, and the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship at Sydney College of the Arts. In 2013 Hopkins, along with artists Emily Hunt and Vicki Papageorgopoulos, was awarded the Innovate/Curate grant through Tin Sheds Gallery (University of Sydney) to produce their collaborative exhibition ‘Two Dollar Pareidolia’, and in 2012 was featured in the ‘Volume One: MCA Collection’ exhibition, MCA, Sydney. Hopkins has been a finalist in the 2008 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (now NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)) and has been awarded numerous grants from the Australia Council for the Arts. Hopkins work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artbank, and numerous private collections.