Art and Science. Image and Concept.
Mining the vast pool of ideas within mathematics, physics and molecular biology Dominic Hopkinson generates sculptures in stone, plaster and bronze, attempting to distil these complex concepts into pure visual form. The sculptures question how our world appears so familiar at different scales and invites the audience to impose their own reading of scale upon the work. His work explores the nature of form and philosophy, playing with ideas of scale, tone and shadow, to talk of a universal mathematical structure that influences and guides our world experience at many levels. Much of his sculpture is informed by Buckminster-Fuller's closest packing theories and what Marcel Duchamp called the "infra-slim", the tiny, almost non-existent space between the cast object and the mould. Equally important is the relationship of the Platonic solids and the Golden Section (the irrational number 1.6180339887...) to the growth patterns within living organisms.
Between April 2017 and June 2018 Dominic will be undertaking a Residency at The School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, fully funded by Arts Council England
Dominic was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in June 2016.
In 2013 Dominic became an active participant of The Superposition, a collective of artists, scientists and makers who are interested in building a community and sharing how collaborative cross disciplinary practice can create new artworks, inventions and prototypes. This is underpinned by research into a potential new model of collaboration and engaging the public through the experience of science.
Dominic Hopkinson was born in the UK in 1969, and studied BA Fine Art Sculpture at Exeter College of Art and Design.
Upon graduating in 1991 Dominic joined the studio of the internationally reknowned sculptor and stone carver Peter Randall-Page, working on large scale pieces for Peter's first retrospective held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds.
Dominic recieved Arts Council England funding in 2006 for a research program and solo exhibition; "Molecular Inflation", at the Northcote Gallery, University of Exeter. The research into the study of the human genome and bioinformatics was conducted with egenis, a department of the Economic and Social Research Council based at the University of Exeter, with work subsequently being purchased by the ESRC and for the sculpture collection at the University.