Monday, March 9, 2009

Jan Hopkins @ SOFA NYC 2009

Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York, NY, 10021
April 16 - 19, 2009
Wednesday April 15, 2009 5:30 - 9:00

Represented by
Jane Sauer Gallery
652 Canyon Road Santa Fe
New Mexico 87501

phone: 505-995-8513 fax: 505-995-8507

"Head Over Heels" - Dimensions 6-1/2", 9"x3-1/4", Date: 2009, Materials: grapefruit peel, yellow cedar bark, melon rind and waxed linen.

Description: The interior of shoe and shoe base is made of grapefruit peel, the Obama head was drawn and wood burned onto the inside part of the peel and sealed with encaustic wax. The outer (white) surface is melon rind and the writing and designs are sewn on with waxed linen. (photo credit: Ken Rowe)

Concept and Design: These shoes were made to document a moment in time, the excitement and fervor over the nomination and inauguration of Barack Obama. What a time in our history! I took two of his campaign slogans and put them together to say “Yes we can change”. The head of Barack is placed purposely on the heel of the shoes (head over heels). The head of Barack is actually also the “O” in Obama. The “A” inside the shoe is hidden so that when you look into the shoe, you see the word BAM. This is in reference to the comic book super hero Barack that was created during his campaign. The blue star on the back of the shoe is holding up the words written on the outside of the shoe.

A collaboration by Jan and Chris Hopkins
Reflections – Wonder”, 5-1/2”x18”x18”, 2008, Medium: oil painting in resin, lotus pod tops, paper and waxed linen (photo credit: Ken Rowe)
Concept and outer bowl by Jan Hopkins

Interior of bowl painted and designed by Chris Hopkins

Concept: I contemplate the future for our children. A young woman is looking into a koi pond reflecting her future. Japanese associate koi with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. This is my hope for next generation and our future. I have wrapped the bowl with lotus pod tops symbolizing rebirth.

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