Hopi Breotn

Hopi Breton



Community, physical and social landscape, and identity are themes I explore in my work, and I search for connections between these and a metaphysical space. I create conceptual craft oriented objects which are often a hybrid of common objects, language play, and specific media. I lean on specific cultural themes, Land Art, Material Culture, and language and literature as guides. Objects such as rocks, logs, buckets, and feet, as well as materials such as gold, wood, iron, and salt are used as much for their symbolic qualities as for their formal qualities.  My installations are linked to specific ideas of rites of passage, voyage, and ritual, where the use of multiples suggests a universal condition. I organize Bay Area artists in cast iron art events. The community, ritual, and performance art aspects surrounding these events also influence my work. I am interested in the shared experience that these performances signify, always creating a bridge between professional/domestic life, and play/work. I have organized and worked with students and peers to create cast iron art performances nationally, including the International Cast Iron Art Conference at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Al, The Western Cast Iron Art Conference, in Denver, CO, and the Fire Arts Festival at the Crucible in Oakland, CA. I have curated several exhibitions, including “Metaliform, All Things Metal”, “Between Places; Photography and Sculpture”, and “Turf; Ecological Activism and Art” at Diablo Valley College’s Art Gallery.

2001    MFA   Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1996    BA      Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Professional Experience:

2002-current   Professor of Art, Head of Sculpture and Metal Arts, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

2001-2002       Instructor, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

1998-2001       Graduate Student Instructor of Record, Montana State University

1996-2002       Sculpture Teacher, Country Day Creative Arts , New Orleans, LA

 Selected Exhibitions:

2015                Friends With Karma, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014                Re-Imagining Progress, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

                       Sky National Juried Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

                        Faculty Exhibition, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

2013                Young; Emerging Artists of Mendocino County, Mendocino College Art Gallery

                        BayVAN , August-November, 555 12th St. Lobby, Oakland, CA

                        Innovations in Contemporary Craft, Richmond Art Center

                       Coast to Coast by Post, University of Wyoming Art Gallery, Laramie, WY

                        Faculty Exhibition, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

2012                Beyond Landscape, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA

                       WordPlay, Quercus Gallery, Oakland, CA

                        Faculty Exhibition, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

2009                Pairings, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO

2008                Prospect.1, Connect, Trumpet Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                       The Sculpture Show; Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

                        The History of Bowling, cast iron art performance, Demiurge Design Solutions, Western Cast Iron Art Conference, Denver, CO

                        WCIAA show, Taxi Gallery, Denver, CO

                        Iron Tribe 2008, Moss-Thorns Gallery, Fort Hayes University, KS

2007                Art of The Crucible, Oakland International Airport, CA

                        Iron Etc, Ironton, CO

                        The Iron Tribe, Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

                        The Cupcake Factory, cast iron art performance, Highlands University, NM

2006                Boomerang, Driscoll Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

2005                Moving Metal, cast iron performance art, Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

                       Metalliform; All Things Metal, DVC Art Gallery,Pleasant Hill, CA

2003                Measure For Measure, solo show, Diablo Valley Art Gallery, DVC

2002                2 Metals, 2-person show, Cricket-Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA

2001                Remarks, solo MFA exhibition, Copeland Art Gallery, Bozeman, MT

                       7 Montana Artists, traveling statewide exhibition, Montana

2000                In Small Things Forgotten, solo exhibition, Exit Gallery, Bozeman, MT

                       North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden Art Center, Golden, CO curator; Alison Saar

Visiting Artist/Workshops/Lectures/Panels/curatorial projects

2013                Bronze pour demonstration and modular sculpture workshop at East Bay Mini Maker’s Faire, Oakland, CA

Cast Iron Art Public Workshop, Diablo Valley College, CA

2013                “The Process of Creation” Panel Discussion at The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2011                “Turf; Ecological Activism and Art” Curator, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery

2010                Moderator for panel discussion on Green Foundry Practice, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, (Western Cast Iron Art Conference)

2008                Panelist, Western Cast Iron Art Conference, Denver, CO

2001                “Places Between” Co-Curator, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery

2006                Visiting Artist, Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico

“Metalliform”, Curator, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

2005                Visiting Artist, lecture and workshop, University of Colorado; Denver

2005                Visiting Artist, Cast Iron Art workshop and Lecture, The Crucible, CA

2003                Visiting Artist Lecture, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

2003                Technical casting performance for Beverley Pepper commission, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2000                Cast Iron Art Workshop, Montana State University