A Line May Lie, Testing Time, 2014
Hardbacked, black and white
16 x 11cm
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About the Publication
Published to coincide with Hopf’s exhibitions A Line May Lie, at Kunsthalle Lingen and Testing Time at Studio Voltaire, 2013. Includes essays by Meike Behm and Joe Scotland.
About the Artist
Hopf’s work focuses on how our social environments shape us, influence us, and by extension thereby exclude us from ourselves. Hopf uses a wide variety of techniques such as sculpture, installation, film and performance, often engaging subjects and materials that can be found in the immediate environment.
For her presentation at Studio Voltaire in 2013, Hopf created a new film work drawing upon references to silent cinema and feminist film material from the suffragette era. An environment was built in the gallery to house the film accompanied by a series of sculptural works taking the form of a ‘flock’ of concrete sheep.
Following on from her commission for Frieze Film Some Ends of Things (2011) depicting an egg-person wandering around the hallways of a modernist building, Hopf’s work took the architecture of a modernist home as its context. In this new work Hopf recreates a narrative from the suffragette film Le Bateau de Léontine (1911) in which a girl is shown in the rebellious act of flooding her family home, sailing a toy boat in the floodwater apparently oblivious to the resulting chaos around her. The pleasure taken in this rebellious action reinstates the power of the individual to open a gap in the social hierarchy. In Hopf’s work contrasting elements of a pristine modernist architecture and the free-flowing, anarchic force of water merge in the space of the film. Staging her work in a domestic environment Hopf powerfully conveys how emancipatory possibilities of desire and action may be pent-up, waiting to brim over in the most everyday scenarios.
Hopf (b. German, 1969) is based in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Judith Hopf and Jonathan Penca, Condo, London (2020); Alifi, Metro Pictures, New York (2019); Stepping Stairs, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018); OUT, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2018); Great Hall Exhibitions, Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, New York (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles(2017); UP, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2017).
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.