Phill Hopkins in Like the Lines of a Hand

Phill Hopkins will be included in
'Like the Lines of a Hand' curated by Simon Woolham

Private view Friday 19 January 18:00-21:00
Exhibition dates: 19 January – 8 February 2018
Centre for Recent Drawing
2-4 Highbury Station Rd, London N1 1SB, UK
Open Thurs - Sat 13:00 - 18:00

Image: Phill Hopkins An Awakening to a Brand New Nature [Chapter 9. Cities and the Sky] 2017. Emulsion paint, gloss paint, spray paint, wood stain, varnish and communion wafers on found tracing paper. 31.5 x 45 cm. Photo Tim Balls.

Hopkins says about the work, “There are two images in the work, one on top of the other; a pigeon walking along a street in Scarborough and bungalows in road in Lincoln, both taken from my own photographs. Laid under the two images is a row of communion wafers. The sky is both from Scarborough and Lincoln”.

About the exhibition
‘The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning roads, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.’
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972)

The title of the exhibition: ‘Like the Lines of a Hand’, is taken from the novel Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino, published in Italy in 1972. It is the starting point for a group of 18 UK based artists, chosen by PAPER and C4RD (Centre for Recent Drawing) in London.

Each artist chose a line, a brief passage, or a chapter title from the book, which explores layers of imagined and fictional vistas through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book itself consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities but which are all actually just descriptions of one city, Venice.
The chosen pieces of text, highlighting the dialogue with Invisible Cities, acts as a discrete, non-linear curatorial discourse between the works in the exhibition by the chosen group of artists. The individual works in ‘like the lines of a hand’, often reference and play with the complexities of inventive language and narrative, explored in Invisible Cities.