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Erin Stafford and Jaq Belcher open April 16 at Kirk Hopper


OPENING April 16

at Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at
3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm – 6pm or by appointment.

Phone: 214-760-9230, Email: giovanni@kirkhopperfineart.com, Website: www.kirkhopperfineart.com




April 16 – May 21, 2016

Opening Reception – Saturday, April 16th at 6.30p



Erin Stafford – Haute Cuisine from Bygone Eras (Berry), 2015

Dimensions variable – Soap and glass panel

Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition for artist Erin Stafford entitled, MISBEHAVING. Marking her debut at KHFA, Erin Stafford’s solo exhibition engages the viewer with concepts relating to ideas of fetishes, absurdity and visual pleasure. Her ability to fluidly combine pomp majesty with quintessential kitch creates a visual language that evokes sensations of creature comforts within a domestic setting. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 16th with a public reception for the artist from 6.30 – 8.30p.

Stafford intends to compose several odes to lost interior spaces that celebrate sentimentality while blending visual surrealism with animalistic undertones, layered with nostalgic references to the decorative arts. With sculptural work, tromp l’oeil painting and installation; Stafford will create a backdrop that relates to ideas of the home as a physical manifestation of the self, ultimately showing the aesthetics and contradictions of decay and beauty in a domestic setting.

In addition, vitrines will be positioned in the gallery space that will display decorative soap sculptures. These soap sculptures were created from dessert molds alongside elaborate garnishes to mimic edible delights. Stafford’s interest stems from soap novelties that resemble food items with absolute verisimilitude along with the historical banquet traditions from centuries past that used food as sculpture. Stafford states, “ I find it curious to imagine washing oneself with soap that bears resemblance to food, while putting it in one’s mouth would be equally off-putting.”

Erin Stafford’s aesthetic tendencies are reflected in her studio practice as a result of her affluent upbringing in Dallas, Texas where she found upper-middle class expectations full of irony and contradiction. This sense of cultural refinement, which included various forms of ritual and tradition, shaped her identity until 2002, when she began her art education at the University of North Texas. It was here that she was surrounded by eccentric artists and jazz musicians, which inspired her to challenge established social conventions. After receiving her MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009, she returned to her hometown where she continues her studio practice along with teaching. Her recent exhibitions include “Hugs and Kisses” at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX, “Biennial 600 – Sculpture” at Amarillo Museum of Art and “Tongue-and-Groove” at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX.



Sit, Breathe, Slowdown, Relax


April 16 – May 21, 2016

Opening Reception – Saturday, April 16th at 6.30p


Jaq Belcher – Beyond Home – Installation – 108 x 108 inches

Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition for artist Jaq Belcher entitled, Aligned: Sit, Breathe, Slowdown, Relax. The title is both a reference to the desired state of being that arises from her practice and a simple instruction for those who encounter the work.  Jaq Belcher’s work is founded in a contemplative process of reduction and repetition. Belcher investigates her own personal and spiritual understanding of frequency, consciously placing importance on the effect of every individual amendment to the surface of the paper, creating a three-dimensional landscape of sacred geometry through the symbolism of the seed form and emphasis on the power of concentration.

The twelve pieces presented, return to the simplicity of the two cut form, a seed shape known as the vesica piscis. Created with single sheets of paper and an Exact-o knife they are a hybrid between drawing and object. The artist considers them primitive blue prints of alternate states of being. Fields of energy intended to interact with those who stand before them.

The exhibition centers around an installation titled Beyond Home.  The artist will complete a site specific, 9 x 9 foot floor drawing using 72,000 hand cut paper seeds that she has collected from works made in the last 15 years.

Jaq Belcher has been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions. She also has been the recipient of multiple awards including, the Mary Hinman Carter Prize – National Academy School of Fine Arts and Dessie Greer Award for graphics from the National Academy Museum in New York. Belcher currently lives and works in New York City.


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