Georgie Hopton's Harlequin (Self-Portrait) (1999) will show alongside Gary Hume's' The Flemish Bride (2011) at the Armory Show in New York © Courtesy of the artists and Lyndsey Ingram Gallery
The artists Gary Hume and Georgie Hopton have been a couple for nearly 30 years, yet they have always kept their respective practices separate. But now, for the first time, they are showing together with two joint exhibitions in London and New York. Both are devoted to works-on-paper and the first, Hurricanes Hardly Ever Happen (until 3 April), opened last week at Lyndsey Ingram Gallery in Mayfair, with a packed opening of guests including the musician Jarvis Cocker and the artists Jeremy Deller, Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis, who gathered to salute what turns out to be a highly symbiotic double vision. The second shared show will be unveiled on Ingrams stand at New Yorks Armory Show this week.
“When the idea of exhibiting with Georgie was mooted I jumped at the chance,” says Hume, who adds that while he felt he had seen Hoptons work alongside his before, “somehow the connections between us were not explicit.” Hopton, who was in charge of selecting and curating both the shows, noticed that once she started to put their works together these connections quickly became very evident. “The works built instant bridges between themselves… a mark in a drawing by Gary echoed a line, a thread or piece of organic matter in a work by mine. Photographs by me echoed drawings by him. Abstract compositions by each of us were distant twins.”
Gary Hume's Yellow Slip © Courtesy of the artist and Lyndsey Ingram Gallery
Such correspondences chime throughout the London show. Seeing Hume and Hoptons works together en masse is on many levels a testament both to the closeness of their relationship, and to their common aims—their shared sense of the interconnectedness of things. Whether in a self-portrait photograph of Hopton sitting on a pumpkin whilst elegantly holding its provocatively-positioned stalk, or in Humes screen-print-on-aluminum card of a cheerleaders stem-like arm ending in the tousled bloom of a pompom, theres a quiet playfulness and a refined pleasure in the decorative, underpinned by consistently precise and rigorous execution. Both artists use an off-kilter palette and also pay keen attention to the humble and overlooked. In many instances, what might often appear to be abstract or random is never so, but always carefully considered and rooted in a concrete and keenly observed reality. A vividly coloured cluster of pastel scribbles by Hume turns out to be the overlaid characters of the entire Arabic alphabet, while the similarly tangled strands of wool, twine and leaves in Hoptons After the Deluge (2019) were composed by superimposing and then meticulously editing line drawings made from nature.
Georgie Hopton's Bound by Garlic Scapes (2009) © Courtesy of the artist and Lyndsey Ingram Gallery
Given that Hume and Hopton divide their time between a London townhouse and a farm in rural upstate New York, it is especially appropriate that the pair are simultaneously showing on both sides of the Atlantic. They plan their annual migration to and from their homes not to co-ordinate with the activities of the art world but to be in tune with the natural cycles of their New York farm—arriving in spring for planting and then returning from midsummer tRead More – Source