March 3 – 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri. March 4, 6-9pm
SOHO20 is pleased to present Last Stand, a solo exhibition of sculptures and etchings by artist member Lucy Hodgson.
In her new body of work, Hodgson explores ideas of containment through playful configurations, employing boxes, cages, poured concrete, pipes, as well as animal skulls, antlers and other elements found in nature. Referencing forms that could be seen as either prisons or containers, she lets us decide whether something is being kept in, or kept out. Anthropomorphic pipes and boxes twist and curl begging the question whether they are an industrial imitation of nature, or, through the evolution of the anthropocene, if this is what nature has become?
Just as Hodgson conflates the natural with the industrial, the physicality of her works exist within a formal marriage of structural and aesthetic solutions. Using found and forged materials, she contends that the longevity of her work should live within the concept and form, not the lasting power of the materials. Although her work has been driven by ecological concerns, the sculptures and etchings on display exude a whimsical humor, reminding us of the multitude of perspectives that follow every scenario, and not to take ourselves so seriously in the process. Even through the environmental disaster that the industrial age has bestowed upon the future of the world, Hodgson reminds us that life without humor is useless.
+++Lucy Hodgson was born in Damariscotta, Maine and grew up in New England. She attended Oberlin College and New York University and holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Anthropology. For twelve years she worked at The Printmaking Workshop in New York City. She has traveled in Europe, Japan and South Korea. Ms. Hodgson has had 14 one person exhibitions, most of which took place in New York City at the SOHO20 Gallery. Over the past twenty years, she has participated internationally in group exhibitions at Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Governor’s Island (NYC ) The Housatonic Museum (Bridgeport CT) Chesterwood (Stockbridge, MA), The Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA), The Mount, ( Lenox MA ) The Portland Museum Biennial (Portland, ME), The Library of Congress, The Brooklyn Museum, the Japan Arts Center (Kyoto, Japan), Der Zaider Gallery in Amsterdam, Monchengladbach in Germany and with the “Patak” Group in Hungary, among others. Residencies include ones spent in South Korea and Hungary. In 2003 The Netherlands America Foundation provided funding for an exhibition at a World Heritage Site at the Schockland Museum in the Netherlands and, in 2004, she was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH).