Photo courtesy of Poesia Transcend
Keith Hopewell AKA Part2ism was born in York in 1972 and now lives and works in Hampshire & London. Recent work includes his architect-sonic sculpture reliefs and other similar synaesthesia based works in painting that explore line and pointillism, resulting in an autonomous display of visible/noise. While the physical structures produce a sense of motion and transit in Keith’s horizontal reliefs, the colour references audio waves and frequencies in a loaded spectrum of vectors built on several planes. Hopewell also works with ready-made aesthetics and materials such as electrical cables and empty institution lockers. These installations seem to transform space, simply because they are arranged in combinations that open up new space within the compositions by using a process of repetition. How colour communicates is also an important element in Keith’s work, from his earlier letterist compositions to the contemporary printer DNA’s now in making, as hidden universes of information are discovered, exposed and amplified in his own subversive style.
Keith’s work covers an astonishing range of themes, spanning nearly thirty years, challenging our perception and approach to fine art mediums. His multi-disciplinary practice is focused on utilizing space and understanding how work functions within the environment we exist in. Hopewell’s earliest work with aerosol paint in the mid 1980’s, although primarily rooted in his search to develop identity, was a rather utopian ideal, transmitted through a resilient and youthful mind of a young outsider faced with adversity. Exploring the most readily available surfaces, Keith produced imaginative, thought provoking, direct art, considered by many within his sub-culture at the time as iconoclastic, ahead of the times but in some instances, criticized and condemned by his peers. It has been said that much of Part2ism’s creative output encompasses a desire to re-define categories, whether the work is tangible or temporal. Hopewell’s lo-tech Serial-type installations from 2005, a series of complex geometric type built in 2D from salvaged cardboard are a perfect example of work that is temporal but can also be re-styled and re-installed in different locations. The placement of these unorthodox compositions can either cut through the fabric of our skylines or utilize the active bodies themselves in the city, creating an instant (ready-made) interactive canvas. At a time when Part2ism went under the alias Part 2 and was signed as a recording artist to the Big Dada/Ninja Tune label, the extensive touring presented opportunities to travel with these lo-fi installations and place them in locations throughout the world. Here, we also gain insight into Keith’s attraction to synaesthesia theories on the more recent projects.
The sense of immediacy in Keith’s work is still present today, just as much as it was in his aerosol photo-realist paintings that gained him critical acclaim throughout the early 90’s. The response is usually of dis-belief on learning these historical pieces were created with standard car spray paint. It is this refined draftsmanship in relation to Hopewell’s concepts and willingness to experiment with idea’s loaded with unknown outcomes that provide his work with a pure raw energy. A real free radical who likes to take ideas to the absolute pinnacle by challenging his own dynamics as well as pre-existing aesthetics. However misplaced within the many different constellations of the art world he may be, his constantly shape-shifting existence appears to fit and become the driving force propelling his work into new directions. Throughout the many simultaneous narratives embodied in Hopewell’s work be it audio recordings or art, there remains one thing clear. The main thread aligning his practice and all it’s different hierarchies is change. Part2ism is very much about the transformation of our selves, as the very idea of changing your name would suggest.
BA HONS – Winchester School of Art
MA FINE ART – Winchester School of Art
2017 Extension & Motion – Galerie Celal M13, Paris, France
2015 Broken Systems in C Major – Hoxton Gallery, London
2012 New Horizons & Future Love Songs – Red Gallery, London.
2011 Part2ism, A Retrospective – Bar Lane Studios, York.
2009 Artillery For Pleasure – Urban Angel Gallery, London.
2007 Remixed Media – The AMUTI, London.
2006 Serialtype – Dragon Bar, London.
2014 Broken Systems in C Major – Winchester School of Art. (Installation)
2012 Galaxseum, The Rammellzee – The Childrens Museum of the Arts, New York. (Soundtrack)
2009/2010 Homegrown, the Story of UKHH – Urbis, Manchester. (Contributor)
2004 Sight-Sonic – York, United Kingdom. (performance)
1999 New Flesh/ Dj Vadim – ICA,The Mall, London. (Live performance)
2017 Masters of Invention – The Lettering Arts Centre, Suffolk, UK
2016 Beyond Writing – Galerie Celal M13, Paris, France
2014 Art on a Postcard (Hepatitus C trust) – Whitfield Fine Art, Bond Street, London.
2014 L’Avenir – White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2013 Coincidentuality – Winchester Centre for Global Futures.
2013 Synaesthesia/Phonetics – Kings Road, London.
2012 Graf-futurism – Soza Gallery, Los Angeles.
2012 Futurism 2.0 – Blackhall Studios, London.
2010 Architects – Atom Rooms, London. (Curator)
2009 Post Human – C4 Centre For Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
2009 Gallery 27 – Mayfair, London.
2009 Prophet Or Profit – Pure Evil Gallery, London.
2009 One Foot In The Grove – Portobello Green, London.
2008 Mutate Britain – Cordy House, London.
2008 Kounter Kulture – Opus International, London.
2008 Big Issue (Charity Show) – Black Rat Press, London.
2008 Free For Wall – Brick Lane Gallery, London.
2008 Ping Pong Artiste’s – Gallerie De Jebarry, Paris.
2008 The Alternative Philosophy – Leonard Street Gallery, London.
2007 Alternativity – Studio 95, London.
2005 Favorite Fiends – Outside Institute/ Stolen Space Gallery, London.
2003 Best Of British – Britism Gallery, London.
1998 Graffiti Bastards – Custard Factory, Birmingham.
1997 Ikonoklast Movement ‘Seven Deadly Venoms’ – Custard Factory, Birmingham.
1992 Icons – Circle Gallery, Croydon.