“As a teenager growing up in the late Sixties, in suburban America, I had, like teenagers have always had, certain ways of speaking. I’m thinking specifically of certain words we used that while authentic at the time, have since become codified, and clichéd as stale emblems of that generation. Far out, psychedelic, cool, and even wow (uttered reverentially) stood in for the experience of being impressed, amazed,… (or simply stoned). In retrospect, though quaint by today’s standard I think this vocabulary also exemplified a way of thinking (and seeing) that I miss, and still desire. We put up aluminum foil on our bedroom walls, hung our black light posters, plugged in the lava lamps, and cranked up the Hendrix. Looking back, I am convinced that, although unknowingly, those light shows, posters, and lava lamps recall a moment when the concept of the sublime was perhaps most alive as a living thing at work in our culture. Unconsciously, and supremely unaware we were paying tribute to ideas that Malevich or Mondrian would have understood. The transformative power of visual symbols aligned with a redemptive Philosophy of the Utopian Ideal.”
EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK BY PETER HOPKINS
“Scents and Medical Sensibility”, Smith Farm Center, Washington DC (solo), 2010
“Excerpts from the Capital Project”, 1988-2008, The Bleach Paintings and Perfume Site Photos, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo), 2009
Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA (solo), 2009
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA (solo), 2007
B.F.A., University of Massachusettes, Amherst, MA, 1978
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1982
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Born in Framington, Massachusetts
Lives in Stamford, Connecticut
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Peter Hopkins received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, in 1982. Since the mid 1980s he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and western Europe including France, Germany and Switzerland. His works have been exhibited in prestigious venues such as The New Museum in New York, Thread Waxing Space, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, the Corcoran Biennial, the Neue Galerie in Graz and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as Documenta IX.