Jim Hodges' 'With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress)', 2014, consists of the title's words "With Liberty and Justice for All" spelled out in seven-foot-tall letters spanning two sides of The Contemporary Austin's Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center. The letters' iridescent, mirrored surfaces oscillate between blues, purples, oranges, and pinks, reflecting the environment around them. The words themselves proclaim the fraught but aspirational tenet of this country's Pledge of Allegiance, one that has complicated roots in religion and patriotism and that has so often been misused and denied, yet embodies an eternal and ongoing ideal (a "work in progress"). Beginning with a previous version of the work installed on the ground level outside the Aspen Art Museum in 2014, this iteration of With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) becomes part of the fabric of the Jones Center building.
In conjunction with the debut of Hodges's work in the Texas state capital, a series of public programs will be initiated by The Contemporary Austin. As the artist has said, "When engagement with art is happening, there's an opportunity for change."
Ongoing from 17 December 2016.
Jim Hodges at The Contemporary Austin