Artist: Chad Hopper
"CORPORATE PETTING ZOO" Chad Hopper + + + + +
Project Space (613 Allen) On view during events and by appointment only
Come one. Come all. We are opening up the gates to a zoo filled with wild metaphors and white collar crime. Prepare yourself for this once in a lifetime opportunity to have an up close and personal visit with the animals that feed on greed. They know what you had for breakfast and they will sell it to you for dinner. What a wonderful way to spend Groundhog’s Day… pointing and laughing at creatures who lurk in the shadows of giant buildings.
"[no subject]" Chad Hopper + + + + +
Co-Lab Project Space
I waited until there were no more ideas and welcomed the creative void.
Starving for influence from another extreme, I sought out inspiration from the superfluous and inane.
My alter ego is a hermit that recycles all types of garbage so I became intrigued with the subject headings from my electronic junk mail.
Then I challenged myself to translate them into a variety of mediums.
What at first seems vague and impersonal becomes quite the contrary.
Color, shape, and texture combine to express the disconnected messages as they settle in a marriage of my subconscious and frontal lobe.
I found a way to expose the emotion of shapes and words sent forth by strangers by constructing interpretive metaphors.
A brainstorm wedged in between absurdity and apathy.
What happens when we stop running from a mystery and decide to embrace it?
The hermit has left the building and now you are invited to come inside and experience the riddles.
"Demand + Supply" Chad Hopper + Amanda Jones + + + +
Co-Lab Project Space
Beginning with an Assignment (DEMAND) to create a list of Materials (SUPPLIES), Hopper and Jones engage in a closed-economy art experiment, wherein the elements themselves are also used as tools without any additional means.
1) Create a list of mutually agreed-upon supplies limited to 20 different elements with specified quantities.
2) Gather all supplies on list individually.
3) Install supplies at Co-Lab on specific sides of room, working independently except for at the meeting point (somewhere in the middle).