Like a mask, layers of body paint and powder disguise the identity of the subject, and release something animalistic from within. In the final images a sculpted, abstract, less human figure emerges.
This April, my latest photo-project ‘Transfiguration’ will be making its UK debut as part of a unique dual exhibition;
A very special appearance at London’s legendary performing arts and concert venue Roundhouse and a solo show at The Old Truman Brewery.
The exhibitions will take place in London, having had a successful preview at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (Paris) in January this year.
My new Kickstarter ‘Transfiguration’ Photo-Project Exhibitions by Ben Hopper launched on Tuesday last week and runs until Dec 26th.
Update (January 2nd, 2016): The Kickstarter has been successfully (123%) funded! Read about it here.
2 pieces from ‘The Illustrated’ series will be exhibited at the “BIG DEAL NO 5” group exhibition.
Curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie, it will be held in level -3 at Q-Park car park (Cavendish Square) – yes, a car park.
You WANT to be there.
Left: Marnie Scarlet by Rosco Brittin Graphics tablet
2013, 42 x 59.4 cm (A2), Edition of 8 £285 (+£30 with mounting)
Right: Rachel Bennett by Hicks Graphics tablet, 2013
42 x 58.4 cm, Edition of 8 £285, (+£30 with mounting)
Facebook event / Private View on Thursday, 17 October 2013, 18:00 – 22:00. Free entry.
Exhibition runs: 18th Friday until 20th October Sunday. Open daily from 11am – 7.30 pm. Free entry.
Q-Park Oxford Street, Level -3. Cavendish Square London, Greater London W1G 0PN
More info about the exhibition:
In Association with Geoffrey Leong
Curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie
” Supporting Arts is an important way of bringing incredible works to be evaluated and engaged with by the public, giving them the opportunity to review art in a different way. This multi media feast is curated by two renowned international artists Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie through their continuous presence in various studios. In this case expect the unexpected, from organised chaos to uniform structure and much more. I believe this is both original and inspiring show which brings an element of fun to those who view it. There really is nothing like this in the world of arts that we see today, the engaging of artists and the public in perfect harmony.”
BIG DEAL No5 > ARTISTS ARE PRESENT
Press Preview 4 – 6pm
RICHARD NIMAN > NICOLA HICKS > PAUL SAKOILSKY
TIZIANA MANDOLESI > MICHAEL SANDLE > RAY GANGE
RAUL PINA > PETULA GIRNDT > STEVE SMITH > FRANKO B
TWINKLE THROUGHTON > STEPHEN HALL > LIZ SHERIDAN
SIAN-KATE MOONEY > CALUM F. KERR > REBECCA SCOTT
BEN HOPPER > GERRY DOHERTY > FORGE & CUTTER
MARK O ROURKE > DANIELLE HODSON > CEDRIC CHRISTIE
OLIVER PERKINS > MIYUKI KASAHARA > HEDLEY ROBERTS
GENERAL HARM > IHTGW CONTINENT > JOHN STEPHENS
SLOBODAN TRAJKOVIC > DANNY POCKETS > FITZY
DEAN TODD > LILI REN > SOPHIE ASHTON > PAUL FREUD
TOMAZ KRAMBERGER > MARIA TERESA GAVAZZI
MICHAEL PETRY > VALERIE DRISCOLL > MARK WOODS
MARISA POLIN > ROBERT BARTA > SARAH DOYLE
GZILLION ARTIST > NADIA BALLAN > MARTIN SEXTON
LEE CAVALIERE > PETER ROSTON > REKHA SAMEER
ROMAN TAHER > MARK JOHNS > ALY HELYER
JOE BARRELL > TRACEY MOBERLY > ROBERTO EKHOLM
ALDO GIANNOTTI > LEE MAELZER > JAMES ALEC HARDY
TASLEEM MULHALL > VANYA BALOGH > SOOZ BELNAVIS
PETER GRAVELLE > MARY-LOUISE JONES > ART HATE
AGNETHA SJOGREN > RICARD DUCKER > JIM BOND
LOUISE RILEY > PATRICK DODDS > KAROLIN SCHWAB
GORDON FAULDS > NEGIN VAZIRI > PIERS JAMSON
ANNA NIMAN > PATRICK MORRISEY > SARAH SPARKES
CLIVE HANZ HANCOCK > JUDE COWAN MONTAGUE
LORENZO BELENGUER > EVA RABOSO GARCIA
MARK MAXWELL > AMY SHARROCKS > STIMULUS LTD
JESSICA VOORSANGER > MINEO KATO > AYA FUKAMI
CRITICAL DECOR > NADER BARHUMI > LOUKAS MORLEY
MICHAEL GRIEVE > CHRISTINA MITRENTSE
JONATHAN RAVEN > IBBY DOHERTY & CHARLIE WHEATLEY
SUSAN STOCKWELL > ERNESTO ROMANO > JAKE MODERN
ELISA CANTARELLI > RUSSELL HERRON > TINSEL EDWARDS
ANDREW STANNEY > MARIA JOSE ARCEO > TIM BURNS
RITVA RAITSALO > THORBOJRN S. ANDERSEN > MONA K
ALEX NOBLE > THOMAS DRASCHAN > IGOR KUDUZ
PASCAL ROUSSON > SUSANA SANROMAN > PAUL TUCKER
DANIEL PASTEINER > SOPHIE DICKENS > MICHAEL PENNIE
CATHY DE MONCHAUX & RICHARD SMITH
REBECCA QUIRK > PERRY ROBERTS > FIONA HAINES
SIMON LIDDIMENT > KJERSTI CROSSLY > EDWARD CLARK
JEANNE SUSPLUGAS > ROBERT PHILLIPS > SOPHIE DICKENS
UNA d ARAGONA > STUART SEMPLE > JULIE YOUNG
PAUL GILDEA > REBECCA MEANLEY > MITRA TABRIZIAN
LUCINDA BURGESS > TOM DURNFORD > SARA MARK
ROGER CLARKE > JOSE CARLOS TEXEIRA > URBAN XXX
MOMOKO FUKUHARA > DRAGAN ALEKSIC
RACHEL MEGAWHAT > BRAD PITTS & DOWNEY JUNIORS
DEMELZA MOREAU > KASH
BIG DEAL No5 Film Reel
curated by Daniel Buckley
With kind support from Q PARK, HI SUSHI Events, Peony, Leongs Legends, Blue Gras, De Beauvoir, UEL & Bath SPA University
I’m excited about my new solo exhibition this September.
A photo-exhibition of mainly collaborative work; exposing other creatives, illustrators and dancers.
Rather than just exhibiting my own work, I have decided to show all of the collaborative work I have been doing lately.
The exhibition will be called ‘Giving Something Back’ and will consist of 3 main projects:
‘Dancers on Rooftops’, ‘The Illustrated’ and ‘Hackney Wick Portraits’
Private View Thursday 5th September 2013, 6:00pm-11:00pm. Free entry
Opening Times 6th-30th September 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Free entry
Stour Space. 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA London, United Kingdom.
I’ve made a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the production of the exhibition. You can check it here and watch the video below:
What: BHOSPUE#2 = Ben Hopper Open Studio Pop Up Exhibition #2
This is the first event of perhaps a new tradition of open studio pop-up exhibitions I’ll be doing every now and then.
“Self Assigned” is a selection of recent personal photography work.
When: Thursday, 6 December 2012. 17:00 until 23:30
Where: Ben Hopper Studio. 92 White Post Ln, E9 5EN London, United Kingdom.
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/346460672115303/
From now until exhibition night (22/11/2012) I’m offering SPECIAL 50% DISCOUNT on FINE ART LIMITED EDITION PRINTS on four sizes:
A3 (297x420mm) £50 (instead £95)
A2 (420x594mm) £90 (instead £180)
A1 (594x841mm) £170 (instead £345)
A0 (841x1189mm) £270 (instead £545)
Limited edition of 15, signed and numbered.
All C-type prints, printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Matt paper.
– Prior to exhibition you can order anything you find on my tumblr / fb / flickr or http://therealbenhopper.com/ (payments can be made by bank, PayPal, credit or debit cards)
If you order by this weekend your print will wait for you at the exhibition.
Anything ordered after this weekend can be picked up from my studio or sent by post.
– On exhibition night you can also buy the prints on display (lots of new, never published work) and pay with cash or debit/credit cards
– international shipping IS AVAILABLE
To purchase please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do it, I’m tired of cleaning flats and washing old ladies feet for money
What you need to know:
– This is an open studio event, in my own studio. I’m pretty much letting you in my house. Please be respectful to me and to the other residents my building.
– I am the curator and the ‘gallery owner’ so I can do whatever the fuck I want to. Meaning; expect new unseen experimental non-commercial work.
– It’ll be both Private View and Exhibition so total duration is one evening.
– Everything must go on the night. I’m paying for this out of my own pocket and I’m doing it for 2 reasons – 1: It helps me to sort my latest work. 2: I want share it with YOU. Please help to make this an ongoing thing by buying prints! There’ll be various paper types and sizes starting from £5 – £25 – £50 …and above (if you’re brave enough).
– I’m checking the possibility of having live performances. TBC.
– If YOU have any ideas or questions please leave a comment below or email me: email@example.com
#1 – 23 September 2012 during Hackney WickED Open Studios weekend
(From FB event):
CIRCUS PHOTO EXHIBITION, BBQ, SUMMER DRINKS, SUNSET ONLINE MUSIC AWARDS, LIVE CIRCUS, LIVE MUSIC…
N E E D
A N Y T H I N G
E L S E ? !
Teaming up with ditto and their project “ditto doors” I’m proud to present;
ONE NIGHT CIRCUS PHOTO EXHIBITION featuring live performance by Dr. Clive Circus and music by DJ Mum’s Old Vinyl – all a part of ditto’s tradition; “Summer cookout”.
ditto is an award winning communications agency & consultancy practice dedicated to the Tech, Finance and Media sectors
Mums Old Vinyl
Dr. Clive’s Circus
From ditto’s FB event:
What else do you want for a summer night?
Some folks enjoy hot weather by winding down but here at ditto we’re getting more and more psyched for 2012’s Big Summer Cookout. We’ll be firing up the barbeque and putting on a show, stimulating all of your senses. Deliciously prepared food and summer cocktails are only the first ray of light at ditto’s summer cookout.
Share the moment with the winners of the public vote and critics’ choice at this year’s Sunset online music festival Awards Ceremony; hosted by ditto to showcase the best of British young musical talent. Listen and VOTE to choose the winner of this years’ festival here until the 15th August. http://bit.ly/dittosunset2012
Prizes include a 1-week internship at Fossil Studios, a 1-2-1 session with our radio ditto industry specialists, a subscription to Computer Music Magazine and Ninja Tunes goodie bags.
The night will continue with a circus exhibition by Ben Hopper in the ditto doors exhibition space. Ben is the hype circus photographer of the moment. His portfolio features great companies such as ‘7 Fingers’ and ‘No Fit State’ and locations like the Circa festival and London’s premiere performance theatre, the Roundhouse. He’s also transformed trendy London galleries such as Stour Space and been published in several magazines. Ben shoots fashion, nightlife, style and a lot of performance and was winner of the National Geographic Competition in Israel in 2007. Matching the fantasy of circus, ditto will spice up your night with live performances by the quirky Dr. Clive Circus troupe while you sip away on a glass of summer cocktails.
Ending the night with the funky phunk of Mum’s Old Vinyl, radio ditto’s resident DJ and one of the most wanted disc-spinners on the festival circuit.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Join the troupe on Thursday 16th August at ditto’s studio from 7pm, at The Lighthouse. Canonbury Yard, 190 New North Road, N1 7BJ. Get your culture on, meet some of London’s most interesting people, and cheer up your summer in style.