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Matthew Bourbon and Ashley Whitt – Opening Aug. 27th




August 27 – October 1, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm



Different Versions of You, 2016. 39 x 29 inches. Acrylic on Canvas


Dallas, August 2016

Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is excited to announce our first solo exhibition for artist Matthew Bourbon, entitled IF. Bourbon’s paintings sit in an uncomfortable limbo between heady ideas and dumb form. “How to paint the things of life is a chronic issue that seems somehow relevant with how to actually be in the world,” Matthew states.  He is after a kind of painting that is filled with all the contradictions one sees in everyday life. The exhibition opensSaturday, August 27th with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00p.

Matthew Bourbon’s paintings exploit color and narrative, stirring convoluted memories that allow the viewer to compose moot stories.  Skepticism is the bedrock of his relationship to art. For the organization of this show the artist thought of creating and bringing work together, less to “say” one large thing, but rather like the range of songs on an old-fashioned music album.  Each painting he makes is a thing in and of itself and also shares company with the others.  He wants his art to embody a mystery of intent.  “I am assembling several puzzles without the comfort of a simple key or a concise guide,” he states.  Bourbon intends the paintings to push us back on ourselves, so we are left to reconcile what we see in the paintings with our own personal histories and experience.  That’s not to say there is no direction in his work—it is just found in some strange combination of his interests and the ebb and flow of the painting process.

Matthew Bourbon is an artist and writer.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Bourbon earned separate undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California at Davis.  Relocating to New York City, Bourbon earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. Since then, his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 




August 27 – October 1, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

An Ordered Chaos #27 (Nest), 2016.

Archival Inkjet Print, 20 x 20 inches in 32 by 32 inch frame.  Edition 1 of 5


Dallas, August 2016

Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to announce our inaugural show in our project space for artist Ashley Whitt, entitled SYSTEMS. The artist will debut photographs from her new series, An Ordered Chaos. The exhibition opens Saturday, August 27th with a public reception for the artist from 6.00 – 8.00p.

An Ordered Chaos explores the dichotomy between order and chaos within the universe and within the self. Using a flatbed scanner as a camera, surreal environments are created using objects such as hair, thread, plants, and grid paper. These objects serve as symbols for order and chaos within each constructed image.

Tension and harmony between order and chaos exist within the self and the cosmos. These paradoxes include the order of the solar systems versus the exploding of stars, or the order of scheduling your day versus the chaos of traumatic events or depression. Eventually some scientists believe the universe will become dark and empty as the last stars die, before returning to chaos. Similarly, the feeling of the darkness of depression can empty the self before the chaos of confronting an issue. An Ordered Chaos considers this correlation between the inner self and outer space as well as our desires to control and make sense of life and death.

Ashley Whitt graduated from Texas Woman’s University where she earned her MFA in Photography in 2012. She graduated from UT Arlington with a BFA in Photography in 2009. Ashley currently teaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for Dallas County and Collin County Community Colleges. She is also a member of 500X, one of the oldest artist cooperative galleries in Texas. Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally including Texas, Vermont, California, China, and India.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at

3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood.

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

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


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