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A New Installation by Jim Hodges

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Jim Hodges (American, born 1957). look and see, 2005. Enamel on stainless steel, 300 x 138 x 144 inches (762 x 350.5 x 365.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Sarah Norton Goodyear, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews and Charles Clifton Funds,  2006.

Jim Hodges - a highly respected artist who transforms ordinary objects into poetic spectacles – brings his largest work to date to the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden this summer. This sculpture entitled look and see is an eleven-and-one-half-foot, twisting plane of stainless steel, with a surface that has been cut with a laser, polished, and painted black and white to create a stylized camouflage pattern, which includes reflective areas, through which one can see the surrounding architecture. As a result, the sculpture becomes an installation, quietly and sensually reorienting the viewer’s experience in its environment. This work of art was originally a public art commission for Creative Time’s Art on the Plaza, located at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.

Better known for creating “paintings” with shards from mirrors, light bulbs, cut photographs, and fans of delicate, brightly-hued pencil marks, Hodges continues to focus on the discovery and pleasure of seeing familiar things in new and different ways. His work was included in the Gallery’s past exhibition Extreme Abstraction, and an important mid-career survey exhibition recently closed after traveling the country.