Carter Hodgkin

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One animation file from the Nine Bend Stream series - for higher quality, visit
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One of the segments of the animation
Artist's Statement

Inspired by physics, I use the lines of colliding atomic particles to paint states of instability and uncertainty. Using algorithmic data, I manipulate computer code to simulate particle collisions.This manipulation becomes a drawing process where parameters are set and random moments of collision are captured. Densities of coils, spirals and lines are created by differing states of gravity. I play with color, transparencies and line widths to create layers of depth and movement until the random event emerges as an iconic form. My animation is inspired by a Korean landscape painting - The Nine Bend Stream of Mt. Wuyi. I used my drawing process to animate forms which reference the volcanic mountain forms of this painting. Through the infinitesimal realm of physics, I explore a relationship between algorithmic data and the pictorial.


Hodgkin has mounted solo shows at venues including Denise Bibro Fine Art, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, Berland/Hall Gallery, Nature Morte Gallery, and White Columns, New York City; as well as Nature Morte in New Delhi, India, and Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati.

Selected group exhibitions include The New Museum, and The Drawing Center, New York City; Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC; Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the ZKM/Center for Art & Media, Germany; Musée Dole and Musée Mediathèque, France.

Her permanent Public Art Project "Electromagnetic Fall" was cited by Americans for the Arts as one of the best public art projects for 2010. Hodgkin is a 2009 Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts and a 1989 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has been awarded fellowships from the Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as being nominated for a fellowship from Anonymous Was a Woman.