Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jan Hopkins - Daily Art Muse Feature

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April 21, 2010

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Jan Hopkins@ SOFA NYC, 2010

PARK AVENUE ARMORY, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York, NY, 10021
Represented by Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Booth 111
April 16-19, 2010

"FISH OUT OF WATER", "FISH OUT OF WATER", 31 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 7", Sturgeon skin, halibut skin, salmon skin, waxed linen,bull kelp, ostrich shell beads and shell buttons

I relate to this piece because ever since I was a child I was always the "fish out of water" or the one who marched to a different drummer...always left of normal! Ha Ha...turns out that was probably a good thing!

"CAREFREE", 22" x 13" x 7", Lunaria, laurel leaves, cedar bark, waxed linen, and paper

My Daughter who is now 33, was a sweet bouncy 9 year old when she drew the picture that is on the chest of the torso. She was our little bright star. She went through the most horrific teen years from the ages of 14 to 22. There was years of tremendous pain and sadness. There was one thing that I held onto that one of the many councelors told me and that was "her base for her personality is formed at the age of 4" and told me "to hold onto that little girl." When she was 9, we printed cards of her artwork. I kept one of her cards in my desk to remind me that little girl was the same little girl that was in so much turmoil. I kept the faith and by the time she was 22, she had her own little girl and turned her life around. Today, I have my daughter back, a happy successful woman with a lot of empathy and knowledge. My life today is so good

"AGE OF INNOCENCE", 21" x 13" x 8", Lunaria. skeleton leaves, preserved leaves, Cardioiocinum giganteum seeds, yellow cedar bark, waxed linen paper

The visual mood of this piece says it all, it is light-hearted and happy. The quote on the collar is "Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons." I hope it portrays the gift of innocence that we are all born with and something that I wish we could hold onto or bottle

Monday, April 12, 2010

Jan Hopkins - Group Exhibition

"Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment"
Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
April 12- May 29, 2010

“Spell Bound” – 18”x16”x 9”, 2004, Materrials: grapefruit peels,
waxed linen, hemp paper, & ostrich shell beads.

Sturgeon Vessel, 15”x5”x5”, 2007, Materials: Sturgeon Skin,
paper, rivets and waxed linen, In the Danielle Bodine Collection

The National Endowment for the Arts has granted the Western Gallery partial funding to present a multi-media, multi-venue exhibition exploring how artists are responding to the natural, diverse Pacific Northwest in the context of a rapidly changing environment and gathering crisis of degradation. The artistic theme of an ongoing dialectical relationship between man and nature in the Northwest in the past has ranged from the early, mystic painters of the 1940s-1950s to the land-based art of the late 1960s-1970s, climaxing in the 1979 national symposium "Earthworks. Land Reclamation as Sculpture" (King County Arts Commission). While attention has been paid to land-based art and public art involving community based-ecological projects, it is time for critical analysis of artists who are newly engaged in a dialogue on the environment in more traditional places as galleries and museums.This exhibition focuses on twenty-six artists who are concerned with the issues and contemporary conditions of the environment in the Northwest. These artists draw on both the environmental politics long associated with the Northwest and the artistic history of these issues in the regional and national scene. In their approaches some of these contemporary artists face the critical issues head on: growth management as seen in the urban/rural conflict; the connection of transportation and urban sprawl; contested sources of energy; mass production and consumption; toxic management of land, watersheds and waters; and dramatic climate change. Others accent environmental values such as preservation of wilderness and wetlands, sustainability, and biodiversity as well as work out the strategy of artist and nature as co-agents. Finally, some artists enhance current conditions and challenges through the use of an apocalyptic rendering. In this exhibition the viewer will not only have a chance to see the overlapping causes and effects of the issues in artworks but also to hear the resounding voices of our artistic messengers.
Organized by Sarah Clark-Langager, Director, Western Gallery
John Olbrantz, Director, Halle Ford Museum, Willamette University
the exhibition will have a catalogue with essays by the curator, Sarah Clark-Langager, and award winning environmental journalist, William Dietrich. Artists' statements will accompany the illustrations of their work.