New York

Jim Hodges

CRG Gallery

Jim Hodges sends letters on baby-blue stationary adorned with baby-blue-how stickers, which arrive in light-pink envelopes embellished with butterflies. Appearances to the contrary, they’re not camp but pretty, kind of touching, and a hit melancholy. To describe such missives (and much of Hodges’ work) as “feminine” is to say nothing more than that his sensibility overlaps with that social myth.

The centerpiece of Hodges’ first one-person exhibition in New York was A Diary of Flowers, 1994, which consisted of 565 pen doodles of flowers on paper napkins pinned around the main room of the gallery in an irregular configuration. In another room sat a pink-cloth-covered box in which to store the napkins with a separate compartment for pins. Hodges’ napkin drawings are wispy, coffee-stained, and ephemeral. They conjure an unrealized, distracted, poetic sensibility, one born of hanging out in

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