Skin – painted bronze
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present its fourth exhibition by multi-disciplinary American artist Jim Hodges. Here Hodges presents a new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawings and paintings. These works chart new directions for Hodges, building on his continuing rearranging of concepts of nature. Works are installed in both gallery spaces.
Hodges’ work has always revolved around ideas of time, loss, life and love. Using a wide array of materials, he is able to transform the simplest of gestures into poignant experiences for the viewer.
Our experience of the work is the defining feature of Hodges’ practice. He describes this as “The potential and fullness of experience, [the] limitlessness of things … mind, body, colour, space, proximity, distance, memory, psyche, and spirit”.
This exhibition follows Hodges’ recent retrospective that toured Dallas Museum of Art; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Mix of charcoal drawings, paintings and sculpture. Interesting way to display his charcoal drawings, flat on raised long plinths that filled the gallery in rows. It allowed the viewer to walk amongst the drawings looking down onto them. One room had further charcoal drawings displayed in a more traditional grid format on the wall.
The paintings were displayed in a similar way on a much larger scale… one on a large raised plinth and one on the wall. Both in a darkened room with light directed onto the canvases. It almost gave the impression of projected images.
The work was beautifully displayed and the form of display was almost more interesting than the work.