Hodges is known for transforming ordinary materials into poetic works that invoke the transient and poignant moments of life. To produce his delicate work, Hodges uses a wide range of materials such as fabric, paper, glass, silver chains and fragmented mirrors. From these materials emerge objects which are layered with meanings and deal with complex issues such as memory, loss, nostalgia and personal growth.
An underlying melancholy pervades Hodges' work and his stylised rendition of natural forms captures the precious and ephemeral aspects of life. For his show at Stephen Friedman Gallery, Hodges has produced several precariously beautiful new works which are laced with powerful symbolism. Here Hodges will continue to expand the viewer's mental and physical perspectives, frequently reminding him of the beauty and brevity of life.
Jim Hodges has exhibited extensively around the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Returning, Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas, USA and Jim Hodges, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA in 2003. Selected group exhibitions include Arte Povera American Style: Funk, Play, Poetry & Labor, Reinberger Galleries, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, USA; Life Death Love Hate Pleasure Pain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA in 2002; Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late 20th Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA in 1999 and Present Tense: Nine Artists in the Nineties, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA in 1997. In 2004 Jim Hodges will also have a solo exhibition at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which will travel to several other venues in Europe and the United States.