"I think of my work as a collaborative practice, a way to move ideas outside of myself and put energy into the world. Art is a powerful force that has the potential to move us and at times make us change. I’m driven to master this energy and use it to create connections through beauty. I believe love is a main ingredient in art and in my practice I rely on my body to guide me. For me, art resides in the terrain of feelings, our common connecting landscape. Through a variety of means I try to project ideas into this terrain. As an exercise in freedom, and in the service of art, I allow myself the full range of possible directions available to me. I’m motored by a need to be generous, to give more and be more. It’s been my experience that beauty helps people, that adding beauty to the world makes it a better place."

In his meditations on temporality, loss, gender, and the creative process, Jim Hodges works in multiple genres—drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, video, and large-scale public projects— and employs various labor-intensive methods such as sewing together hundreds of fabric flowers for a wall curtain. Using old shirts, wall clocks, chain link spider webs, colored pencils, broken mirrors, paper cutouts, or light bulbs affixed to plywood, Hodges brings attention to the materiality of the everyday and overlooked. How objects are perceived and experienced in architectural spaces is one of his long-time interests; often creating interactive work, Hodges has invited museum goers to choose colors and make drawings, or, installing a series of door-sized stainless steel mirrors outdoors, suggested they see their reflections in the context of landscape. Whether in his multi-channel video work about 24 subway musicians or in a recent installation in a 13th century Spanish iglesia, Hodges makes personal and expansive work about longing and the fragility of experience. His work might be seen as a record of time passing and, his practice, the rehabilitation of beauty.

Born 1957, Spokane, Washington
Lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts
1986 M.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
1980 B.F.A., Fort Wright College, Spokane, Washington

2005 Jim Hodges: this line to you, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostello, Spain
2004 Jim Hodges: "Don’t be Afraid," Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
2003 Jim Hodges,Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Returning, Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas
colorsound, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
2002 Jim Hodges: Constellation of an Ordinary Day, Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Jim Hodges: Subway Music Box, Day-Ellis Gallery, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington
2000 Subway Music Box, Tecoah Bruce Gallery of the Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1999 Jim Hodges, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
every way, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
1998 Jim Hodges: Welcome, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
1997 Jim Hodges, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006 The Fluidity of Time: Selections from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Landscape Confection, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Universal Experience: Art, Life , and the Tourists’ Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Visual Music: 1905-2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
2004 The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
2003 Fast Forward: 20 Years of White Rooms, White Columns, New York, New York
2002 Miami Currents: Linking Collection and Community, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
1999 Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late 20th Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,Washington, DC

2006 AICA, Association Internationale des Critiques d’art
2001 Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize
2000 California College of Arts and Crafts, Artists-in-Residence
1999 Washington State Arts Commission
1995 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
1994 Penny McCall Foundation Grant
1992 Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship