Smoke Signals
Carolyn Hopkins

July 3 - August 2, 2014

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, July 3, 2014

In her debut at PUNCH, Carolyn Hopkins will be presenting new drawings, sculptures and video work made during a recent residency on Blue Lake in Central Oregon. This body of water is tucked between mountainsides in a terrain that was the site of a recent forest fire. The lake itself sits within an incredibly deep crater: the result of a volcanic implosion. Much like the unimaginable depth of the lake, Smoke Signals is an investigation into both the artist’s cavernous subconscious relationship with this landscape as well as the bottomless history of the high desert and mountainous region of Oregon in where Blue Lake resides and in which Hopkins spent her childhood. For Hopkins, this work acts in many ways as a meditation on time and memory, in both its tangible day-to-day embodiments as well as its more imperceptible depths:

“The drawings, sculptures, and video work featured in this show are the result of an unearthing of memories hidden within the crevices of a place, as well as those ensnared inside the confines of a conscious mind.” –C. Hopkins

Carolyn Hopkins live and works in Portland, OR. She graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in interdisciplinary arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work questions the traditional cultural roles of the feminine and masculine as well as the tamed and untamed and creates outposts from which to reexamine a recognizable terrain. Her studio practice is an ongoing expedition into familiar territories in search of new frontiers from which to draw. Carolyn’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been featured in publications including Sculpture Magazine. She has collaborated on projects with Mark Dion and Spurse, is an active member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

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Curtis Erlinger
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Carolyn Hopkins