Carter Hodgkin: Vortex, Recent Drawings & Animations on view February 28 to March 30, 2013, is the artist’s second exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC. In her new series, Hodgkin mines the concept of a vortex and the sense of being drawn into and out of control. Fusing physics, digital technology, and painting, Hodgkin’s compositions use simulated atomic particle collisions to mimic the vortex’s fluid dynamics. Amid an infinite void, thousands of vibrantly-hued dots explode and implode in a state of dynamic flux.

Manipulating computer code as a drawing process, Hodgkin generates animations of particle collisions which are used to create works on paper as well as short animations. For her works on paper, a still image is captured and used as a template for hand-painting thousands of overlapping tiny dots until an iconic form emerges.

Hodgkin’s animations investigate the motion patterns of a vortex while inspired by portrayals of ephemeral growth in Chinese Ink Plum paintings. Instead of ink and paper, she uses digital technology and sub-atomic particle collisions to create animated forms that grow, dissipate and dissolve. Thousands of highly saturated dots accrete, coalesce, burst, and disintegrate in a constant state of evanescence.

In the artist’s words, the work “reflects a tension between technology and handcraft, as well as the rigor of scientific process and the emotional possibilities of abstraction.”
Hodgkin has mounted solo shows at venues including Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, Berland/Hall Gallery, Artists Space, Nature Morte Gallery, and White Columns, all in New York City; as well as Nature Morte in New Delhi, India; and the ZKM/Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. Selected group exhibitions include the New Museum, and the Drawing Center, both in New York City; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and Musée Mediathèque, Uzes, France. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art International, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. Selected collections include the U.S. Library of Congress, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer Corporation. Hodgkin recently completed a large-scale public art commission for City University of New York, Queens College. She lives and works in New York City, and is represented exclusively by Denise Bibro Fine Art.
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Carter Hodgkin: Recent Works
February 28 - March 30, 2013
Opens March 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views

WillyNilly Routine, 2009
watercolor, gouache, and inkjet on canvas
44" x 31"

WillyNilly Routine, 2009 watercolor, gouache, and inkjet on canvas 44" x 31"


Ginger Cat, 2002

Kyle Staver, Ginger Cat, 2002, 2013

Burst 26, 2012

Carter Hodgkin, Burst 26, 2012, 2013

Infinite Uncertainty, 2010

Carter Hodgkin, Infinite Uncertainty, 2010, 2013

Sparcity, 2010

Carter Hodgkin, Sparcity, 2010, 2013

Eighth View Of The Blue Vortex (edition of 11), 2012

Carter Hodgkin, Eighth View Of The Blue Vortex (edition of 11), 2012, 2013

Irises On A Rock

Carter Hodgkin, Irises On A Rock, 2013

Pulse of a Landscape

Janet Goddard, Pulse of a Landscape, 2013

WillyNilly Routine, 2009

Carter Hodgkin, WillyNilly Routine, 2009, 2013

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