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Michael Hopkins' “The X-Ray Series” will be on display in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts from February 7 to March 17.
“It is easier to see without words.”
That simple sentence is the full text of Michael Hopkins’s artist statement, but it is perhaps the perfect summation of his work in the X-Ray Series. These delicate paintings in white ink on slate reveal hidden aspects of our existence without resorting to literal description. Ironically, the paintings were created by Hopkins shortly before he was diagnosed with a rare medical condition known as spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks syndrome, a disease that causes the fluid that keeps the brain afloat in the skull to leak, resulting in short-term memory loss
Hopkins earned an associate degree in fine arts from William Rainey Harper College in 1981, and a bachelor of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. Since that time, his extensive list of solo and group shows have blanketed the Midwest, and also extended to such far-flung venues as Poetovio, Slovenia and London, England. His work can be found in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Educational institutions with his work include Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, the University of Michigan, and Luther College. In 2003 Hopkins was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. Hopkins lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Questions? Contact David Kamm, 563-387-1665