Jim Hodges, Visual artist
Jim Hodges is a contemporary American sculptor and installation artist. Throughout a wide-ranging practice, he incorporates found materials, like rocks and denim, with more traditional media like photography and screenprinting. Hodges’ work directly deals with temporality, love, and broader issues of existential thought through a creative combination of sentimental clichés and mysterious subject matter. “I find that memories are transmitted through materials, especially when one is engaged in slow, constant contact with them,” he has remarked of his approach. Born on October 16, 1957 in Spokane, Washington, Hodges attended Fort Wright College and went on to receive his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1986. He went on to serve as the chair of the Sculpture Department at the Yale University School of Art from 2011–2012, and was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective in 2013–2014, which travelled from the Dallas Museum of Art to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His works are in the collections of the Art institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among others. Hodges lives and works in New York, NY.