new-york

Violet Hopkins

Foxy Production

A large watercolor and pencil depiction of a golden disc, covered with runic designs and floating against a depthless black background, greeted visitors upon their entrance to Violet Hopkins’s second solo exhibition at this gallery. The lines and symbols imprinted on the orb seem evidence of an animating intelligence, but their meaning is nearly impossible to intuit. The image depicts the instructions on the cover of the Golden Record, created in 1977 and sent on the Voyager space missions to communicate information about life on earth to any alien life forms that may encounter it. Around the room Hopkins installed smaller watercolors of what at first appear to be random images, but which one learns were encoded onto the Golden Record. Hopkins worked from online reproductions of slides of the photographs sent on the Voyager spacecraft and, as befits images sourced at third hand, they are

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