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
  • Artforms: Photography
  • Tags: assemblage
 

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

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2009-2016       PhD Art Practice, Goldsmiths College, London

1983-85           MA Slade School of Art

1980-83           BA(Hons) Fine Art, North East London Polytechnic, London

1979-80           Foundation, Portsmouth College of Art, Portsmouth, Hants

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016                PhD Art Practice exhibition, Goldsmiths College, London

2014                What’s Up, Lucy Bell Fine Art

2013                Crash 2013, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

                        Curious 2013, West Norwood Cemetery

                        Portico Gallery, West Norwood

2012                AMPS Photofusion Salon, London

                       Neo Art Prize, Gallery 22, Manchester

                       Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Fountain Court, Birmingham

                        Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Castlemead, Bristol

                        And Then There Were None, Lucy Bell Fine Art, St Leonards

                        Wonderland (as part of Brighton Photo Fringe), Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton

2011                Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Market Towers, Wandsworth

                       Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Redwing House, Milton Keynes

                       Street Gallery, Photofusion, London

                       Slideshow Slam, Photofusion, London

                       And Then There Were None, Riverside Studios, London

                       Ko-ax 2011, Mascall's Gallery, Maidstone              

2010               Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Addleston, Surrey

2009               Eyes Wide Open, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                       Turner Contemporary Open, Margate, Kent

                       Gallery 40, Crawley, East Sussex

2008               Singapore International Festival of Photography, Old School, Singapore

                       Through the Lens, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

                        Out on a Limb, Iota Gallery, Margate, Kent

2007                Reclaimed, Focal Point Gallery, Southend

2006                Transform, Format 06 Photography Festival, Derby

                       Drawn to Ruins, Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury

                       No Place Like Home, Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, Kent

                       Escape to the Country, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, Berks

2005               Margate Rocks, Margate, Kent

                        Environmental, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire

2003                Margate Rocks, Margate, Kent

2002                Replica, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

                        Land, Artsway Gallery, Sway, Hants

2000                8X8 Iota Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

1997                Photography Open, Ark Gallery, Oxford

1996                South London Open, South London Gallery, Camberwell

1995                Film screening, UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1994                Film screening, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Annecy, France

1989                Shoplift Arts Project, Lewisham, London

1987                Summer Show, London Film Maker’s Co-op, London

1986                Prelude, Kettle’s yard, Cambridge

1985                Mixed Media Festival, Slade School of Art, London

1983                Sheffield Film and Video Festival, Sheffield

                        Athens international Film Festival, Ohio, USA

1982                New Contemporaries, ICA, London

SELECTED AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS  

2016                Esse Magazine – Landscape Photography and Its Temporal Register

2012                Hungry Eye Magazine

2011                Shortlisted for Creative Works Prize, Aesthetica Magazine

                        and published in Creative Works Annual 2012      

                        Portfolio and Essay published in Entitle Magazine (Issue 1)

2008                Publication for Singapore International Photography Festival

1993                Southern Arts Funding Award

1987                Arts Council of Great Britain funding award

                        Time Out (review of The Summer Show, LFMC)

1986                The Times (review of Prelude, Kettle's Yard)

1985                Creative Review (review of Slade MA show)

                        Julian Sullivan Award