Jim Hodges

     When I was visiting the MOMA his work was one of the few installations that I found fascinating. Since the middle of the 1980’s Hodges has turned everyday items into his own gallery of art work. He strategically places these everyday items across the wall so that it’s read almost as if it were the pages of a book.

The work that I saw was called “A diary of flowers (realness)” That he created in 1993 on forty paper napkins. His drawings on these napkins were part of a series that reflected his desire to improve awareness of the AIDS crisis. However, when I saw the napkins strewn across the wall it immediately took me back to being in a coffee shop with my Dad, doodling on napkins because paper was unavailable at the time. And that’s what I thought he was trying to convey that no matter the place, medium, or subject artists will not stop working. The napkins to me symbolized something totally different, than the point he was making. He ended his series in 1996 when one of his good friends passed away from AIDs.

From what I’ve seen from Hodges he creates with a wide variety of media. Ranging from creating posters, to paintings, to installations, and photographs Hodges seems to try to master it all. In some of his Wildflower pieces he almost seems to resemble the work of Jackson Pollock. With his harmonious colors, produced in quick small spurts across the canvas his flowers become more abstracted the further away from them the viewer becomes. From a distance it’s hard not to mistake it with Pollock’s work. His work “Every touch” is beautiful in it’s use of color and his seamless application of the synthetic flowers to the curtain.

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