RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
August 15 – September 19.
A reception to meet the artist will be held: Friday, September 12, 5:00-7:00PM in the Basch Gallery
Mike Hodges: Land Escapes
|ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION|
Imagine the tantalizing merger of two totally opposite forms of art, Realism and Abstraction and you will have a good idea of the nature of the work included in Land Escapes, a solo exhibition of paintings by Mike Hodges. The artist, a Ringling College of Art + Design professor and former The New Yorker cover artist explores the marriage of geometric shapes and amazing landscapes, all inspired by his travels in Florida, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. In this on-going series of works, referred to as “contextual abstraction”, Hodges’ dynamic use of complementary hues and expressive texturing within shapes created from randomly arranged, deconstructed circles and squares echoes the rhythms and structural harmonies found in natural forms and references the mathematical ratios found in geometry.
Regarding this exhibition the artist stated, “The inspiration for these paintings stems from a graduate school experiment in which a single circle, inscribed in a square was dissected and rearranged, yielding a finite number of arcs floating in a composition that amazingly still retained a sense of harmony. Even then, as a representational artist, I always found that my roots in graphic (visual) design invariably led me back to abstraction as a means to evaluate and maximize compositional impact – imagery based solely on visual ‘attraction’ value, minus ‘attention’ value (meaning). Although I only pursued this circle/square idea for a short time, my curiosity about why I was so attracted to it remained unrealized, until nine years ago when I rediscovered these sketches and small paintings, and to my delight found that they still provoked my interest. Since then I have been exploring and reshaping the scope of this idea into works imbuing meaning into nonrepresentational forms.”
Mike Hodges is a Sarasota-based artist who has exhibited paintings and drawings in local, regional and national galleries and venues, including The Art Institute of Washington Gallery (Washington, DC), The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), and Olympia and York, Park Avenue Atrium Gallery (New York). His work was recently awarded First Place in the Longboat Key Center for the Arts “5th Annual Community Juried Exhibition”. He is currently on the faculty at Ringling College of Art + Design.