Reggie Burrows Hodges Text by Hilton Als. Interview by Suzette McAvoy.
The debut monograph on the haunting, tenebrous figuration of the acclaimed Maine painter
Maine-based artist Reggie Burrows Hodges (born 1965) explores storytelling and visual metaphor through paintings that often feature athletic scenes and portraits.
An essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als, and an interview between Hodges and Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary art, set up the plates that form the basis for the catalogue. Starting from a black ground, Hodges develops the scene around his figures, who materialize in the recessive space with foggy, ethereal brushwork.
The soft compositions are simultaneously abstract and representational, with playing fields that double as color fields. Hodges' figures are "forms that are made sharper, and more haunting, not because we see those things in their eyes, but because we see it in their bodies, their postures, the endless desire for humans not to be alone, and to connect," Hilton Als writes. "To that Hodges adds all that wonderful blackness."