Louise Hopkins

Oh Through What

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Year 2020
Medium Acrylic on found book page
Dimensions 28 x 21.5 cm

About the work

Oh Through What is one of a series of paintings made on an already existing page of text. I’ve encircled every connecting word (conjunctions, determiners, prepositions etc.) and painted over the surroundings with curves, waves, dips and peaks. Even though this is a kind of silencing, I think another sound and rhythm comes into being.

About the artist:

Born 1965 Hertfordshire, Louise Hopkins lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from University of Northumbria (1988), and Glasgow School of Art (1994).

Hopkins makes paintings and drawings directly onto surfaces that already contain information; world maps, patterned furnishing fabric, comics, catalogue pages, magazine pages, photographs, folded or crumpled paper and sheet music. Recently she has been developing large-scale abstract geometric works for urban and rural locations, taking the principles by which she always worked and applying them on a whole new scale.

Her works are held in public and private collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Arts Council England, London; City Arts Centre, Edinburgh; Jumex Collection, Mexico; and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.

Selected solo exhibitions include Flying Fox, CAMPLE LINE, Thornhill, (2018); Dance Number, Temporary Artist Wall Commission, outside the Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art (2017); Black Sea, White Sea, part of the Scotland-wide GENERATION programme of exhibitions, Linlithgow Burgh Halls (2014); Harness, Mummery + Schnelle, London (2008); Freedom of Information, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2005); Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (2001); and Tramway Project Room, Glasgow (1996). Selected group exhibitions include Fieldwork, 42 Carlton Place, Glasgow (2020); When we hunt reality and hang its skin up on our walls, A-M-G-5, Glasgow (2019); Criminal Ornamentation, Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester and touring (2018- 2019); NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017); À visage découvert, Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques (2016); The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason, 1945 to the present, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh (2016); Dévider le réel, Les Abattoirs, FRAC Midi-Pyrenees (2015); Summer Saloon, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London (2014); A Picture Show, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2013); and In Between the Lines: Recent British Drawings, Trinity Fine Art, London (2009).

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