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In Blue

In Blue

1996

Jim Hodges

(American, b. 1957)

Silk flowers and thread

Overall: 396 x 259 cm (155 7/8 x 101 15/16 in.)

Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Katharine Lee Reid 2005.140

Description

In his work, Jim Hodges reveals qualities of beauty and grace in the most unassuming materials. Through relatively simple acts of manipulation and reappraisal, he invests the man-made with a previously absent level of emotion and authenticity. In Blue is a diaphanous curtain of lush, tropical colors that is both imposing for its monumental scale and delicate in its fragility. Activated by the slightest breeze, its artificial elements ripple with the movement of natural life forms. To create In Blue, Hodges took apart hundreds of silk flowers, flattened and ironed each element, pinned the pieces together, and then carefully hand-sewed them into a scrim.

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