Hodges' work explores themes of fragility, temporality, love and death in a highly original and poetic vocabulary. He frequently deploys different materials and techniques: from ready-made objects to traditional media such as graphite and ink. Often disarmingly simple or executed with minimal means, Hodges' works express a sentiment of deeply felt experience and encourage a visceral and communal response. Whether working in materials such as curtains woven from artificial silk flowers, metal chains, glass, or using saliva to create ink transfer impressions on paper, Hodges' works are inhabited by the presence of the body. Incorporated in his choice of media and articulated in text and image is a narrative of human experience, one of life and death and of the proximity of contingency that affects us all.
Drawing has remained a primary activity for the artist since the late eighties. The practice is diaristic - observing the passage of time and documenting the intensely personal, the mundane and the overlooked. Hodges has stated: "It always starts inside my body, and I use drawing as a way of getting it out".
From 2013 to 2015 Hodges was the subject of a major touring retrospective, ‘Give More Than You Take', which started in Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas and toured to Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA. From April to September 2019 ‘Unearthed', a monumental tree stump cast in bronze, is installed at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, USA. In 2016 a text-based sculpture ‘With Liberty and Justice For All' was installed on the exterior of the new building at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA.
Other recent solo exhibitions include ‘Jim Hodges: silence stillness,' Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, California (2018); ‘turning pages in the book of love / voltando pagine nel libro dell'amore,' Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Milan, Italy (2017); ‘Tracing the contour of our days,' Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (2017); ‘I dreamed a world and called it Love,' Gladstone Gallery, New York (2016); ‘With Liberty and Justice for All,' rooftop installation, The Contemporary, Austin, Texas (2016); ‘Jim Hodges,' Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2016); ‘Jim Hodges," Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2015); ‘Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take,' Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014), travelled from: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (2013); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2014); ‘Jim Hodges,' Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, California (2014); ‘With Liberty and Justice For All (A Work in Progress),' Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014); ‘Jim Hodges: Drawings,' Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (2012); ‘Jim Hodges,' Gladstone Gallery, New York (2011); ‘New Work', Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, USA (2010); ‘Love et cetera', Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2009); toured to the Camden Art Centre, London, England and Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy; ‘You Will See Things', Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2009) and ‘Jim Hodges: This line to you', Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostello, Spain (2005).
Selected group exhibitions include ‘With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters', Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois, USA (2019); ‘Drawn Together Again', FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA (2019); ‘Archival Exhibition,' Dieu Donné, New York (2018); ‘Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today,' International Print Center, New York (2018); ‘On Reflection,' UrbanGlass, New York (2018); ‘Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2017-2018); ‘Fall is Cancelled,' Gladstone 64, New York (2017); ‘YOU IN MIND,' Converge 45, Portland, Oregon (2017); ‘Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: Grand Reopening,' Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017); ‘Artists of Color,' The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, California (2017); ‘Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting,' Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire (2017); ‘Progressive Praxis,' de la Cruz Collection, Miami, Florida (2016); ‘Identity Revisited,' The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas (2016); ‘Immersed', Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, USA (2015 - 2016); 20 Years / 20 Shows: Fall 2015, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (2015 - 2016); ‘Space Between', Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA (2015); ‘Room by Room: Monographic Presentations from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections', The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas, USA (2014); ‘Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Foundation's Permanent Collection', SPACE Gallery, Texas, USA (2014); ‘Something about a Tree', The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA (2013); ‘Over, Under, Next', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA (2013);' More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990's', Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina, USA (2013); ‘Shock of the News', National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA (2012-2013); ‘All that Glisters', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2011); ‘Contemporary Collection', Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011); ‘I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2011).
Hodges's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA; The Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; The Whitney Museum, New York; The Miami Art Museum, Florida; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Musee National, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.