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Jim Hodges's look and see, 2005

Jim Hodges (American, born 1957). look and see, 2005. Enamel on stainless steel, 138 x 300 x 144 inches (350.5 x 762 x 365.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sarah Norton Goodyear, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews and Charles Clifton Funds,  2006 (2006:15). © 2005 Jim Hodges

A New Installation by Jim Hodges

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sculpture Garden

Jim Hodges—a internationally renowned artist who transforms ordinary objects into poetic spectacles—brought his largest work to date to the Albright-Knox’s Sculpture Garden in the summer of 2006. This sculpture, entitled look and see, is a nearly 12-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 your experience in its environment. This work 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 Albright-Knox’s past exhibition Extreme Abstraction, and an important mid-career survey exhibition recently closed after traveling the country.

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