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Gabriel Hopson

Gabriel Hopson

 

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Gabriel Hopson is an emerging American mixed-media painter and conceptual artist from Los Alamos, New Mexico, living and working in Besancon, France. Drawing inspiration from his environment, he most often marries traditional fine art practices with the influence of technology resulting in a hybrid aesthetic. He reflects much on his own identity and the fleeting, influential “self.”

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Selfie Object

In the work shown here, Gabriel explores the phenomenon of the “selfie” and the power of the internet. In an attempt to grasp his own digital experiences and observations of social media he creates a tangible interpretation, an installation montage of pinned-up bagged images and objects, random eye-catching materials, shiny hardware and print-outs of Wikipedia articles. Interspersed within the installation are his ‘Selfie Objects,’ actual printed selfies or profile pictures of him placed in 3D generated frames with removable filters distorting his image. The question is, what does one gain in reality from their digital world?

Selfie Object pictured: Aura, Gabriel Hopson, 2016 Mixed Media, 3 x 2-7/8 x 1-3/4 inches (7.62 x 7.30 x 4.45 cm)

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Framed

The next featured work is from a current ongoing series. Using his iPhone camera, Gabriel documents the mundane and sometimes messy everyday moments of his life, transforming low-quality pixelated images into dreamy impressionistic watercolor paintings. What he shares is his reality, but also an idea of luxury and leisure not fully captured alone through a lense but through his reinterpretation. He encourages the viewer to idly gaze within his scenes and wear his rose-colored glasses.

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At Cloud Level, Gabriel Hopson, 2015
Watercolor on paper
17 x 21 inches (53.34 x 42.18cm)

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Imaginative Friends, Gabriel Hopson, 2015
Watercolor on paper
7.50 x 7.50 inches (19.05 x 26.67 cm)

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Metamore, Gabriel Hopson, 2015
Watercolor on paper
21 x 17 inches (53.34 x 43.18 cm)

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Quick

Here, Gabriel paints on oversized cardboard, much to the ease and his liking of scrawling onto a sketch pad. And like his manner of drawing, with an air of impulsivity, he can cast out his compositions swiftly generating large, gestural, bold paintings. By relieving the idea of longevity with eliminating the laborious task of preparing canvases, he opts for cheap cardboard thereby allowing himself to direct his energy into creating at will and in the moment.

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A memory of, I don't know where, Gabriel Hopson, 2016
Acrylic on cardboard
36 x 48 inches (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

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Red

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This final work on view reflects Gabriel’s time since moving to New York City. He has come to appreciate the city’s beauty as he discovers it within the gritty streets and buildings of Bushwick while journeying to a destination. These simple transits become cherished. Often while riding the bus through Brooklyn, he attempts to observe a fast-moving environment, taking mental notes of people moving about their day, a pile of fallen leaves on the sidewalk, or the large pixelation in a crosswalk sign. Observations like these create a connection for him to the city and an understanding and appreciation of what creation is, be it manmade or natural.

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