Collage artist Mark Hopkins at the Aurora; same as Timo!

By Margaret Failoni

Mark Hopkins, born 1965: “How much can one learn about an artist by looking at his work? A review of collage artist Mark Hopkins’ latest pieces reveals a great deal about the enthusiastic artist’s life and passions.”

The works of Mark Hopkins
Fri, Nov 1, 5-8pm
The Santiago Corral Gallery Arte Contempáraneo
The Aurora Design Center

Sculptures by Rodrigo de la Sierra
Fri, Nov 1, 5-8pm
The Santiago Corral Gallery Arte Contempáraneo
The Aurora Design Center

Work by Santiago Corral
Fri, Nov 1, 5-8pm
The Santiago Corral Gallery Arte Contempáraneo
The Aurora Design Center


Born as a twin – his brother Gordon is also an artist – in Boson, Massachusetts, Mark Hopkins completed his studies at Principia College where his professors soon realized the genesis of a mind willing to experiment and flex with every challenge posed by his class. From pottery, his interest quickly moved on to incorporating wood and found objects, creating a mixed media collage style. His superb ability to use primary colors, boldly combined much like the color-field master Al Held, turning glaring into harmonious, prevails, while piecing together objects with different colors and textures into strong patterns, injecting meaning to broken or incomplete objects and breaking ground into a new exciting territory, much in the spirit of Frank Stella’s sculpture.

During the 1990s, Hopkins was able to support his artistic endeavors and enrich his outlook in life by traveling the world as a highly successful fashion model. His twin,

Gordon Hopkins, is also an accomplished artist living in Belgium. The brothers often show together in art gallery exhibitions and different art venues in Europe and the

United States, including venues in Zürich, Geneva, Brussels, Milan, and throughout

Germany; currently, Mark is showing in Washington, DC.

The artist creates most of his work in a large studio in New Jersey where he lives and works, with frequent visits to Brussels to visit with his twin.

After showing in Mexico City’s Affordable Art Fair, this show at the Santiago Corral

Gallery at the Aurora Design Center will be his first gallery show in Mexico.

Timo’s back !

Rodrigo de la Sierra wowed the Affordable Art Fair crowd with new, irreverent

Timo sculptures. A series of small Timos, imprisoned in transparent resin globes illuminated from below, form a question mark on L-shaped plinths: Timo sitting on the tail end of Mayan codices; Timo luring an unwilling shrimp; Thea pulling flower petals with the age-old question, “Does he, does he not?” while a bemused Timo waits by;

Thea and Timo poised to kiss. The art-loving crowd loved it all, jostling to be photographed next to the artist’s alter egos.

A selection of new Timo sculptures will be presented at the Santiago Corral Gallery at the Aurora Design Center during the November 1 art walk, along with the new catalog printed for the October-through-December Timo exhibition in Mexico City’s Museo del

Arzovizcado. The artist will join the public to sign catalogs and enjoy their and Timo’s company.

Guess who came to dinner?

It’s quite amazing to enter an artist’s studio or an art gallery and see, laid out before you, the last moments of a lavish dinner party in which the hostess and guests have just stepped away from the picture plain; that is the incredible magic of Santiago Corral’s most recent still life paintings. The remnants of chilled wine in crystal goblets, melting ice cream slowly slipping away from a half-eaten strawberry barely covering exquisite china plates, the reflection of the dining room on the silver centerpiece, dining chairs pushed away from the table, all alluding to diners just seconds from being present. And yet, one cannot in any way refer to this as hyperrealist painting. In hyperrealism, we have the cold, detached representation of what the eye sees. In Corral’s painting, we have the sensuous nuance of what the viewer “perceives;” the artist leads us to the intuitive realization that the dinner party just took place and the diners have not yet left, but are just barely removed from the picture plane. Therein lies the magic.

Having just returned from Mexico City’s Affordable Art Fair, it is not surprising that the first work of art to be sold just minutes into the opening was a still life by Santiago

Corral. More of this artist’s amazing bravure can be admired in the Santiago Corral

Gallery located in the Aurora Design Center during the next November 1st Art Walk.


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