“India contributes the ooze of her rivers and the blood of dragons and elephants.”
Provincetown, Fine Arts Work Center,
Exhibition: February 13 - February 19, 2002
Five pieces: wall sculptures, mosaics, mobiles, pin cushions
If Jim Hodges married Sara Sze.
materials: little plastics, figures, straws, what nots
pins, bright pins everywhere, carpets of pins on the walls, shiny
color form story picture, hidden things, the heart for instance
Pictures of jewels under the overlip of plastic…there are Tanqueray plastic leafs in the upper right…spyglasses in the upper left, among tropical plastic ”straws”
has a donkey in it…a rocket at the top with more little rockets, a big old mess, but a geometrical mess, a nest of brown dissolution, where on the right are pieces of chests, men's chests, torsos as it were, Saint Sebastian…A big eel is on the very left lower middle…
and somewhere else up to the left are cocktail napkins in the cocktail colors of pink, orange and purple, if you even want to call them that.
a brown placemat is falling apart, like a shipwreck indeed…. crooked…
plastic bag pieces and silver pins, glimmering, transcending wreck.
A little silver heart, white heart, pearl heart hidden or half hidden underneath the major body of the wreck, with a tiny bit of robin's egg blue paper…triangular….the rope is untied and curled on the left…
has a paper pic of a cage almost in the middle…to the left and down, dangling…things dangle a lot in Elliott's paintings….There are shells, pictures of shells rather a the top and plastic leafs, flower petals taken apart everywhere…the overall color of this piece is white, but there are rolled up pieces of colored paper around, mainly on the bottom left…
This is the prettiest? The lightest
critical mass of materials: black at the top and red below, red rockets
on the left lifting into the black, where there are many pieces of black paper with sparkles or white dots, the universe..
fragmented, the thing here are the green plastic pieces like little shelves in the middle, above the middle across, there are little Chinese war lord figures here and there… a wheel of fortune broken apart…..
All in all these works are little scenarios, windows into? scenic wonders: roads not taken, roads taken and abandoned. Hearts lost, like Hearst, only. In which all is not well, no. Deliquescence,
Delicate, delicacies derived from the dump
a sense of opera, of heartbreak, love and intrigue, triumph
but also duels, or fights, cul de sacs, ends of things…..
what about the snakes and the eels, pretty as they are?
and the body parts, now what to do with the fact you don't care they are body parts?
vortex, whirlpool of little things…the universe of little things…