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That Perfectly Arranged Mouth, recent paintings by Katharine Colona Hopkins

440 Gallery

Aug 2007

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March 27, 2013
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That Perfectly Arranged Mouth, New Paintings
by Katharine Colona Hopkins at 440 Gallery


Brooklyn, NY -- Fueled by her efforts to find resolution with death and suffering, Katharine Hopkins has appropriated artistic traditions of the 17th century in a fresh, contemporary manner. Her latest series of large paintings depict big game and Western animals, incongruously elegant in death and each in brilliant blues, greens, or purples. This new body of work, That Perfectly Shaped Mouth, Hopkins' second solo exhibition at 440 Gallery, opens to the public on April 4 and runs through May 12, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 6:00-9:00 pm.
Hopkins' painting technique is heavily influenced by her academic training in printmaking. Her keen interest in surface quality is evident in the way she applies and manipulates oil paint on paper. She places each subject on a field of stark white without a context. The intense colors are unexpected and evocative given the subject matter. The combination of pure color and expansive white background creates an abstraction; it is Hopkins' attempt to capture a dream-like detachment that comes in moments when confronting tragedy, shock, or mourning. The results are images that hover over the boundary between beauty and the repulsion normally associated with death.
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