New York

Peter Hopkins

American Fine Arts, Co.

The decay of postindustrial Western civilization is the theme of Peter Hopkins’ series, “Capital Projects,” 1989. Random Displacement Site (underpass), a photographic triptych, illustrates the artist’s critical tone. Hopkins presents three views of an abandoned underpass on the site of a former industrial complex. Discarded refuse has accumulated inside the confines of an area surrounded by a wire fence and along the edges of the underpass tunnel. The images document a natural process of change. In this defiled arena, various forces, especially wind, have sculpted an environment. Hopkins, however, demonstrates the disparity between the lasting forces of nature and the entropy that surrounds human creations.

The debris that is scattered across this industrial wasteland has been brought into the gallery and used as a medium for several of Hopkins’ works. In Boxed Pour (underpass), three found

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