New York

Tim Hawkinson

Ace Gallery

Los Angeles–based Tim Hawkinson may well be on his way to becoming a true crowd pleaser. A jack-of-all-trades populist who carries a torch for the dovetailing of Surrealism, AbEx assemblage, and proto-Conceptualism that characterizes the work of such artists as Jonathan Borofsky and West Coast precursors Bruce Conner, Ed Kienholz, and the early Bruce Nauman, Hawkinson’s presentation is a retrospective-like selection of 64 works from 1991 to the present that may gain him a reputation as one of the hardest-working artists around. A veritable art salad—a swap meet where esthetic pluralism is the rule—this exposition features silver paintings that endeavor to tweak high Modernist geometric abstraction, figurative objects made from synthetic materials that hover overhead like friendly ghosts, an assortment of Rube Goldberg–ian apparatuses that evoke the human form and do funny kinetic things,

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