Posts Tagged ‘installations’
Doug Aitken usually makes big videos, but his current show at 303 Gallery in Chelsea looks full of installations including large sculptural text works. I’m excited to see it in person. Have a look at the really nicely produced video:
303 Gallery – Doug Aitken – 100 YRS.
Jim Hodges (b. 1957) is an American contemporary artist based in New York, NY. I loved his work at Barbara Gladstone (both locations) a few months ago, as well as at SFMOMA and Marc Foxx Galleryin LA in the past. His materials (including mirrors and lightbulbs), and themes (happiness) overlap with those in my work. I am finally getting around to doing more research about him.
The more I learn, the more it seems that I’ve been following in Hodge’s footsteps.
Hodge’s work can be luminous or colorful, and suggestive of pleasure or happiness, but it is also characterized by themes of death and fragility. The feeling of loss made sense when I learned that Hodges was a contemporary and friend of Felix Gonzales-Torres. I was also reminded of how Tom Friedman experiments with common materials too.
Below are some photos found online, and some scanned in from an exhibition catalog. I think the dates of the works are quite telling about the artist’s development.
I suspect that Hodge’s fake flower projects started with simple material investigations: taking apart ready-made flowers, arranging and re-arranging them, which culminates in monumentally-scaled curtains that drape on the floor.
A massive curtain composed completely of fake flowers. It’s super colorful and translucent in person. It’s also very difficult to resist touching. Sometimes I think contemporary art is afraid of sentiment, but this work wholly embraces joy. Very pop.
Here’s a curious black version.
I’ve been sewing and thinking about flags a lot, so here’s one more instance of serendipity.
Immersive gold leaf.
(Works that are not quite 2-D or 3-D)
Having spent so much time obsessed with light bulbs for previous projects, it’s strange that I’m only just now coming across this work.
I love how simple yet effective this is. It’s presented in an unfussy way, yet is beautiful and works beautifully.
Works on Paper
Found this today. Oddly, I’ve also been playing with photo transparencies of kitch imagery in the studio lately.
Lift ticket for Aspen Art Museum’s partnership project. If this is not positive psychology, I don’t know what is.
For this billboard, according to the Hirshhorn:
Hodges invited international delegates to the United Nations to translate in their own language and handwriting the phrase “don’t be afraid.”
Originally used “to remind the artist to have courage in making his own work,” the phrase also takes on various political connotations.
Selections from the knock-out exhibitions at Barbara Gladstone this past winter. Rejoice, Minnesotans: these are going to be in the Walker’s 2014 survey exhibition, Jim Hodges: sometimes beauty.
Get the backstory on the monoliths at Walker Art Magazine.
Installation using light, mirrors, motors, blackened water, the entire gallery space, and then some. It’s really riveting. Have a look at the video of a performance at jimhodges.com.
It’s interesting to think about how an artist develops—starting with modest projects made alone, in a studio, using materials at hand, and then orchestrating multi-venue, logistics-laden, monumental fabrication projects. This is a particularly contemporary way for an artist’s work to mature, as the latter is only possible with market success and the support of blue-chip institutions.
Perhaps if emerging artists bushwhack their way through creative territories, established artists have to remain true to course despite siren songs of numerous pathways (sorry for mixing maritime and terrestrial metaphors). Even in his recent massive metallized boulders, I think Hodges’ work retains its elemental, experimental and experiential aspects.
This seems to be true for viewers and for artists, including Hodges. Quoted by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson of the Aspen Art Museum (HuffPo), Hodges said:
There are no guarantees [in art]. [Art] challenges and rewards. We get what we choose from it.
Surveying an artist’s life’s work is a great way to gain perspective. When I did a lot of research on contemporary artists in graduate school, I realized that of the artists whose work I love, the work they’re making their fifties is outstanding. Hodges is in his mid-fifties. (So is Cindy Sherman.) The message is to keep pushing, be patient, and never stop evolving.
I think it’s fantastic that the Walker is going to host a survey of Hodges’ work next year. Combined with the Walker’s amazing design team, I’m sure the catalog is going to be fantastic. Maybe a Phaidon monograph will be in order soon?
I’m very excited to present a new text-based installation made of ribbon and fabric, and relating to gratitude, at this exhibition-within-an-exhibition.
Enter a Small Room Arranged for this Purpose is a series of three exhibitions in Project Space Leeds’ version of Untitled Gallery, created for Peering Sideways, a new exhibition and programme of events at PSL. This ambitious project brings together artists’ groups from around the UK (London, Manchester, Wakefield).
The project also aims to expand the networks of the participating artists and groups, sparking new relationships and collaborations. The project comprises three separate group shows running concurrently, with some of the work developing in the space over the course of the project.
November 16–December 10, 2011
Enter a Small Room Arranged for this Purpose: Part Three
[part of Peering Sideways, September 10 – December 10, 2011]
Untitled Gallery (Manchester) @ PSL [Project Space Leeds]
Whitehall Waterfront, 2 Riverside Way, Leeds, LS1 4EH, UK
Hair Salon is a mirrored installation by Leandro Erlich at the Singapore Biennial — but it uses no mirrors. Brilliant! The work’s investigation of the “mutability of perception” strikes a chord with me (see my work in Activist Imagination). It’s funny how much this piece reminds me of Mario Ybarra Jr.’s New Chinatown Barbershop installation, yet with totally different aims.
Also, an unsung hero gets some recognition… Edward Guthmann wrote up a nice profile of one of the most respected, intelligent, hardworking artists and exhibition-producers I have the good fortune of knowing and working with. Check it out at “Kevin Chen’s job: to make sure show goes on,” S.F. Chronicle (October 2, 2008)