Raised in the agricultural heartland of the U.S., Stephen Hopkins grew up fascinated in equal measure by the powers of nature and heavy machinery.
The punk rock ethos of the 1980’s provided him with the Do-It-Yourself mentality that would fuel a restless inquiry into the basic nature of materials. From scratches on metal and glass or sound waves pulsing through lens-like pools of water to geometric patterns of carbon deposited on paper; primitive material treatments and hacked-together technological experiments characterize much of his his work.
However simple the means, the output of these processes is far from crude. At their best, the rough experiments display a stillness and complex beauty which, through harnessing basic forces, far surpass the “hand” of the artist.
For many years Hopkins played in the acclaimed turn-of-the-century Brooklyn band The Deer Park. He now lives with his wife and children on a cat ranch in suburban Venus.
Recent Drawings – 2009, The South Street Gallery; December 2009, Greenport, New York
Smoke Drawings – 2009, Deborah Berke & Partners; November 2009, New York, NY
Smoke, White Dot Gallery; March 2005, New York, NY.
Untitled, CBGB’S 313 Gallery; August 1996, New York, NY.
10 x 10 = 100, The South Streeet Gallery; December 2008 Greenport, NY.
The Red Show, Ripe Art Gallery; February 2008, Greelawn, NY.
10 x 10 = 100, The South Streeet Gallery; December 2007 Greenport, NY.
Group Exhibition, Elipsis Art Gallery; June 2001, Brooklyn, NY.
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist’s Space; December 2000, New York, NY.
Group Exhibition, HERE theater; December 1997, New York, NY.
Soho Biennial, Abraham Lubelski Gallery; 1995, New York, NY.
Hampshire College, B.A. 1995