December 11, 2017 – February 2, 2018
TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. Employing collage, video, and photography the series exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.
Erica Hopkins is an artist originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand those she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction.
Hopkins will present a closing artist’s talk on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.
Haven’t made it to the exhibition yet? “Our Comics, Ourselves” closes this Friday, October 6 at 7pm. Be sure to stop by Fenwick Gallery before then to have one last look at this incredible show!
Please note: our comics book club discussion of “American Born Chinese,” has been rescheduled to next Thursday, October 5 at 5:00pm. We hope to see you there!
Monday, September 18, 10:00am
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room
Fresh from Small Press Expo, we’re pleased to host artist and designer Ed Luce, creator of the comics series Wuvable Oaf. Luce has been nominated for multiple Ignatz Awards and is winner of the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Graphic Novel. He lives and works in San Francisco and teaches at California College of the Arts (CCA).
Join us for coffee, conversation, and donuts as Luce speaks about the evolution of his artistic practice (from painting to sequential art), the role of community in his work, and the business of comics and design.
Curious about the stories behind Our Comics, Ourselves? Join us for a discussion with the exhibition’s curators this Friday evening (9/15) at Fenwick Library!
Jan Descartes (she/her) and Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) will lead a curator’s talk on the latest iteration of the traveling exhibition, Our Comics, Ourselves, which originated at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY. Focusing on themes of authorship and identity, they will talk about the major works on view, and discuss the process of organizing Our Comics, Ourselves through their method of feminist curating. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.
Before you join in, learn a little more about our curators: Continue reading