New York

Tim Hawkinson


Tim Hawkinson often depends on ingenuity and surprise, on shifting something familiar or at least imaginable into an unimaginable medium or scale. Like Tom Friedman, an artist I’ve fantasized seeing him paired with, he fosters in viewers a sense of jaw-dropped wonder, the “How did he do that?” coming way before “And why?” For this show, for example, Hawkinson made a full-scale motorbike out of feathers. He made a stool out of eggshells and a model of the atmosphere out of tape and what looked like a bicycle frame. There’s something of the science nerd in Hawkinson, and also something of the ingenious kid, the teenager who sets himself mad challenges for the pure love and fun of it. I’m not always sure where to go with Hawkinson’s sculpture, but I’m usually grateful for its combination of playfulness, imagination, and high accomplishment as problem-solving craft.

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