Cleveland

Jim Hodges

MOCA Cleveland

Jim Hodges loves colored paper and pencils, ceramic and plastic wall sockets, wood and metal panels, cheap scarves, light bulbs, metal chains, and mirrors. At the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, wall-based constructions made from these materials and many others fill two enormous galleries.

In the first room, the white, blue, and green lights of With, 1999, the reds, pinks, and whites of Ahhhh, 2000, and the various blinking bulbs of the two-part Ultimate Joy, 2001, are reflected in the shattered mirror of Untitled (near and far), 2002. Entering the second room requires walking between the parts of Into out of red, 2005, a diptych wall drawing executed by Hodges’s assistant Patrick Evans in collaboration with students from three local art schools. Once through, visitors are confronted with this (from ordinary life), 1999, a revolving rectangular mirror; on we go, 1996, a spider web

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