MATTHEW HOPKINS
WORD WORK
3–27 JUNE 2015

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The Well-Tuned Dribble 2015
acrylic and gel medium on pine and plywood
57 × 60 cm

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The Puffer of Un-Purification 2014
acrylic on plywood
33 × 31 cm

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The Third Tongue 2015
acrylic, gel medium and fabric on pine and plywood
40 × 31 cm

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Phlegm Composition 2014
acrylic and gel medium on pine and plywood
30 × 30 cm

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Rack Scale Gallows 2015
pine, oak, found fabrics
90 × 80 × 30 cm

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Interior View 2015
acrylic, moulding paste and gel medium on pine and plywood
100 × 40 cm

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The Flesh-Tone Objections 2014
acrylic and gel medium on pine and plywood
77 × 61 cm

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Word Work 2015
acrylic, gel medium, pumice medium and moulding paste on pine and plywood
37 × 33 cm

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revor’s Trance #2 (cloak of positivity) 2015
fabric stretched over acrylic on linen
100 × 84 cm

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The Purified Mouth 2015
acrylic, gel medium, moulding paste, pumice medium, chewing gum and fabric on pine and plywood
22.5 × 20 cm

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Trevor’s Trance #1 (planked) 2014
acrylic on pine, shoe, underpants, silver ink in jar, balloon attached to ventolin inhaler, aluminium foil, dirt, cigarette but, business sock
15 × 28.5 ×122.5 cm

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R & S 2015
acrylic, gel medium, moulding paste and pumice medium on pine and plywood
23 ×23 cm

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The Gut Whistle 2015
acrylic on pine and plywood
60 × 47 cm

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The Tides of Tangents 2015
acrylic, gel medium and moulding paste on plywood
52.5 × 50.5 cm


Matthew Hopkins presents two new bodies of work in his sixth exhibition at Gallery 9:

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.