doggerfisher is delighted to present a solo show of new work by Louise Hopkins. Hopkins is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists who has exhibited frequently in the UK and internationally. In 1996 she had a key solo show at Tramway Project Room, Glasgow. In 2002 she was a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award, funded by the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund, and in 2005 Hopkins will have a major exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
For the last 2 years, Hopkins has been concentrating on drawing and small works on paper. In this recent work, Hopkins has worked with given surfaces i.e. sheet music, cartoon strips and world maps. Hopkins by obliterating or transforming key elements causes a disruption of these idealised, supposedly ‘finished’ spaces. Sometimes this is seemingly done in a playful way but often the work alludes to a sense of silence: what is left unsaid.
Hopkins has spoken about her frustration with the supposed authority of maps, and so confuses this authority: a map of the world is almost entirely filled with gestural inky black marks leaving only a few stretches of ‘colour’. The words and images from a page in a comic book are partly erased leaving empty spaces and vacant speech bubbles, and only the noteless moments are left untouched in a music score.
Hopkins work subtly explores ideas of time; language and silence; control and chaos and the essence of the man-made, the ‘natural’ and the man-disrupted. There is often a gentle provocation of the status quo.
Louise Hopkins’ 2002 Creative Scotland Award has enabled the research and production of work in this exhibition. In collaboration with the Glasgow Print Studio, Louise Hopkins has produced a limited edition digital print, priced £300.00. All work is for sale and please go through to the office to see further work.
Louise Hopkins (born 1965) completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Recent solo shows include Andrew Mummery Gallery, London (2003); Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California (2001). Recent groups shows include Love Over Gold, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, (current); Le Monde Selon Francois Dubois, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (current); New: recent acquisitions of contemporary art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2002); Life is Beautiful, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (2002); Sunday Afternoon, 303 Gallery, New York (2002); Here+Now, Scottish Art 1990-200, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2001) Open Country, Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne. (2001). Future projects include a solo show in The Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery (January 2004) and a solo show at the Fruitmarket Gallery (2005). Louise lives and works in Glasgow.