Approved: 16.08.2006

Roger Hopgood

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

My current work is an investigation of the relationship between photography and the picturesque where vantage point is explored as an integral element of the picturesque effect. In this respect, the English Country house is recognised as a defining space of social and physical elevation. Country houses of the late 18th and early 19th century were the crucible of the Picturesque movement where surrounding

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  • Location: Hastings, South East
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research
  • Tags: photography, landscape, digital, assemblage, picturesque
 

Biography

My current work is an investigation of the relationship between photography and the picturesque where vantage point is explored as an integral element of the picturesque effect. In this respect, the English Country house is recognised as a defining space of social and physical elevation. Country houses of the late 18th and early 19th century were the crucible of the Picturesque movement where surrounding landscapes were 'naturalised' in order to evoke a more romantic, less industrialised, sense of the land. In the series And Then There Were None the country house is the site of a 'whodunit' drama where the clues seem to point to misdemeanour and denial. Subjecthood within the country house is shaped by a turbulence of myth and narrative and the trail of investigation in the house is contrasted with the external space, glimpsed through windows and referenced through decorative elements and invading light. Whilst the subject of ocular advantage in the house marks an entry into an abstract (paternal) symbolic order, the picturesque is understood as steadfast and maternal, with the potential to stabilise identity.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MPhil/PhD, Goldsmiths College, London 1985 - Higher Diploma Fine Art, Slade School of Art, London 1980 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, North East London Polytechnic, Plaistow, London 1979 - Foundation Course, Portsmouth College of Art, Portsmouth, Hants Solo exhibitions 2012 - And Then There Were None, Lucy Bell Fine Art, St Leonards 2011 - And Then There Were None, Public Gallery, Photofusion, Brixton, London 2011 - And Then There Were None, Riverside Studios, London 2011 - And Then There Were None, Street Gallery, Photofusion, Brixton, London 2006 - Escape to the Country, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead 1995 - Film screening and lecture, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Annecy, France 1995 - Film Screening and lecture, UTM , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Group exhibitions 2012 - Neo Art Prize, Gallery 22, Bolton 2012 - Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Castlemead, Bristol 2012 - Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Fountain Court, Birmingham 2011 - Ko-ax, Mascall's Gallery, Maidstone 2011 - Rituals of Recreation, Market Towers, Wandsworth, London 2011 - Slideshow Slam, Photofusion, Brixton, London 2010 - Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Addlestone 2010 - Rituals of Recreation, The photographic Angle, Crawley 2010 - Traces, Gallery 100, Brighton 2009 - Eyes Wide Open, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2008 - Out on a Limb, Iota gallery, Margate 2008 - Singapore International Photography Festival, Old School, Mount Sophia, Singapore 2008 - Through the Lens, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2007 - Reclaimed, Focal Point Gallery, Southend 2006 - Drawn to Ruins, Canterbury Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Kent 2006 - Format 06 , Photography Festival, Derby 2006 - No Place Like Home, Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable 2005 - Environment, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud 2005 - Environmental, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire 2005 - Margate Rocks Contemporary Art Festival, Mansion Street, Margate 2003 - Land, Artsway, New Forest 2003 - Margate Rocks, Contemporary Art Festival, Margate, Kent 2003 - Replica, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2001 - 8x8, Iota Gallery, Margate, Kent 1997 - Group Show, Ark Gallery, Oxford 1996 - South London Open, South London Art Gallery, Camberwell, London 1989 - Shoplift Project, Advertising intervention project, Lewisham, London 1987 - Summer Show, London Filmmakers' Co-op, Camden, London 1986 - Prelude, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge 1985 - Mixed Media Festival, Slade School of Art, London 1983 - Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio, USA 1983 - Sheffield Film and Video Festival, Sheffield Polytechnic, Sheffield 1982 - New Contemporaries, ICA, London Competitions, prizes and awards 1993 - Funding Award, Southern Arts, Hants 1987 - Funding Award, Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1985 - Julian Sullivan Award, Slade School of Art, London Publications 2011 - Aesthetica Magazine, Creative Works Annual 2011 - Entitle Magazine