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View of Tim Hawkinson, 2016. From left: Koruru, 2009; Laocoon, 2004. Photo: Tom Barratt.

Tim Hawkinson

Pace Gallery

View of Tim Hawkinson, 2016. From left: Koruru, 2009; Laocoon, 2004. Photo: Tom Barratt.

Arguably the most talented bricoleur of his generation—resourceful and inventive, a maestro of the giddily improbable—Tim Hawkinson has produced a deeply peculiar, genially sprawling body of work across his more than three-decade-long career. Marked by a garage-tinkerer’s ingenuity and a wicked obsessive streak, his working methods and their off-kilter products suggest an artist constitutionally allergic to restraint. No gesture is seemingly too big (or too small), no material or form off-limits. His recent show at Pace—a mini-survey mounted to coincide with the debut of a third Chelsea outpost for the gallery while it moves toward consolidation in 2018 at a titanic new Twenty-Fifth Street space—gathered together work made since 1992. Alternately extravagant and self-effacingly low-key, its cast of material characters included a mumbling mop, a medicine cabinet

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