Jun 01, 2019 - September 22, 2019
This exhibition features more than thirty works by Jim Hodges from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. A highly regarded figure in contemporary art, Hodges often finds complex beauty in the fragile and fleeting, the mundane, and the timeless. His work is attuned to the power of a simple gesture.
Hodges is among a generation of artists who came of age in the 1980s and 90s amidst a deepening AIDS epidemic and the continuing struggle for LGBTQ visibility and rights; love and loss are intertwined themes in his work. Whether using words and phrases, reflective materials, or photographs, Hodges’ work addresses the personal and collective experience of the body and the senses. With a highly poetic sensibility, he draws our attention to the meeting place of external objects and interior life.
With work in a variety of media from 1992 to 2019 collected by Ron and Ann Pizzuti over a period of decades, this exhibition offers a unique view of the artist’s practice. It also reflects the strong relationship between the artist and Columbus’ most prominent collectors of contemporary art.
May 07, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Featured at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art this summer, Evan Gruzis’ works recall slick commercial graphics of the late eighties. They are, in fact, precisely rendered ink paintings of the late aughts. Laced with a range of art-historical and pop-commercial references—from 18th Century Dutch still life and 1970s abstraction, to Patrick Nagel and Kai’s Power Tools—the seductive illusionism of Gruzis’ work is matched by a beguiling sense of nostalgia.
Drained of color or awash in twilight hues, Gruzis’ palm trees, LPs, geometric shapes, and texts are defined by drop shadows and glowing silhouettes. Hovering in the shallow pictorial space of logos or advertisements, they also seem caught somewhere between the artist’s own affectionate humor and sense of critical distance. With his absorbing images of nearly empty subjects, Gruzis asks us to think about our own compulsion to look.