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Jeff Hoppa
updated: 09/26/2013
website: www.jeffhoppa.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Ultima Thule
Lapides Sui Generis II
Lapides Sui Generis I
Lapides Sui Generis III
Lapides Sui Generis IV
Kwakiutl I (Detail)
Captain Olson I (Detail)
Barnum-Johnson I (Detail)
L. Hsi-ku I (Detail)
Barnum Brown III (Detail)
C.H. Sternberg I (Detail)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, meditative, biomorphic, historical, landscape, nature, pattern, science, process
 
 
Ultima Thule by Jeff Hoppa
Ultima Thule
Graphite on Arches 140 lb Hot Press Paper
2010-2013
40.5" x  83.5" 
Lapides Sui Generis II by Jeff Hoppa
Lapides Sui Generis II
Graphite on Paper
2009
12.25" x  9" 
Lapides Sui Generis I by Jeff Hoppa
Lapides Sui Generis I
Graphite on Paper
2009
12.25" x  9" 
Lapides Sui Generis III by Jeff Hoppa
Lapides Sui Generis III
Graphite on Paper
2009
12.25" x  9" 
Lapides Sui Generis IV by Jeff Hoppa
Lapides Sui Generis IV
Graphite on Paper
2009
12.25" x  9" 
Kwakiutl I (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
Kwakiutl I (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2006
28.5" x  22.25" 
Captain Olson I (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
Captain Olson I (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2005
12.25" x  9" 
Barnum-Johnson I (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
Barnum-Johnson I (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2006
9" x  12.25" 
L. Hsi-ku I (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
L. Hsi-ku I (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2005
12.25" x  9" 
Barnum Brown III (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
Barnum Brown III (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2006
9" x  12.25" 
C.H. Sternberg I (Detail) by Jeff Hoppa
C.H. Sternberg I (Detail)
Graphite on Paper
2004
9" x  12.25" 

Artist Statement

Ultima Thule

40.5” x 83.5” (unframed)
Graphite on Paper
Jan 2010 – Aug 2013
 

Often identified as Norway, Greenland or Iceland, “Ultima Thule” is defined as (1) The northernmost region of the habitable world as thought of by ancient geographers., (2) A distant territory or destination., and (3) A remote goal or ideal.  The historic “Ultima Thule” is an imaginary place beyond well-travelled borders, the ultimate North, never visited.  “Ultima Thule” is not real.

 

“Ultima Thule” is about time, time spent drawing, the collapsibility of time in the studio, the finitude of time.  It’s about travel fever, the traverse, the inch and a half just past the edge of the map (“Here Be Dragons”).  It’s about repetition and improvisation.  It’s sympathetically resonant with natural history museums, deserts, exploration/ explorers, Apollo 11, icebergs, time capsules, Katie Paterson bouncing Beethoven off the moon, Carl Akeley’s African Hall, boxes of narwhal ear bones, Peary’s race to the Pole, Norway, Iceland, and Svalbard, Emerson and Melville, Roy Chapman Andrews, National Geographic, The Explorer’s Club, Big Sur, gravel roads in Baja, Jesse Sykes, Agnes Martin, Laura Veirs, an ageing Paul McCartney, Julianne Swartz’s “Somewhere Harmony,” and records on Voyager spacecraft. 

 

It’s about an attraction to this form vs. that form.  It’s about a form-shaping set of self-imposed limitations. It’s about what seems “right” to me and “perfect” to me, and the inevitability of failure in a hopeless/irresistible attempt to pin down the perfect. It’s about limitations and endurance and obsessions. 

 

It’s about stories. Not a “retelling” of stories, but a transmission of the meaning of stories and the experience of reprocessing stories – a patina, a whiff, a brief after-image in graphite. It’s about getting “out there,” it’s about longing. “Ultima Thule” is a recording. “Ultima Thule” is real.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Selected

2013           Ultima Thule: An Opening for Jeff Hoppa, Lawton Mull, LIC, NY

2011           School of Art & Design Alumni Exhibtion, Pitt County Arts Council @ Emerge, Greenville, NC

2010           Science Fiction, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), X Initiative, New York, NY
The Paul Hartley Legacy, Lee Hansley Gallery & Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

2008           Americas 2008: All Media, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND

2007           Free Play, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY?

2006           War, Gallery 61, New York, NY?
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
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Works on Paper, Flux Factory, Brooklyn, NY
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rareSpecimen: The Natural History Museum Show, The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY

 

Education

 

2004           MFA Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1985            BFA Communication Arts, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

 

Residencies

 

2006-13      Member Artist, EFA Studios, New York, NY

2007           Artist-in-Residence, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

 

Teaching

 

2005-10      Adjunct Professor, NYIT, New York, NY

 

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