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A New Installation by Jim Hodges

Thursday, June 29, 2006

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

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.