Last week I visited the Jim Hodges show at the Walker Art Center. Titled "Give More Than You Take, examples of his work spanning 25 years show a deep commitment to his art, and to the materials of everyday life. Combinations of personal accoutrements, manipulated surfaces, and embellishment speak to his/our forming a public and private identity. The wide variety of works are tied together with spider webs, drawing with knife, thread, or pencil and poetic repetition. Drawn to textile media and techniques, similar to another of my favorite artists, Willie Cole, Jim embraces women's work with reverence for pattern and order. His large tapestry constructed from worn denim is first an image of a ferocious stormy sea, and reveals its applique only when inspected closely.
It was refreshing to see that an artist can wander from one media to another - and also keep the work clearly a part of a whole narrative about life, love and being human.
Through may 11, 2014