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Palo Alto

Tim Hawkinson

All that glitters, Must come down

Past
Jul 26–Sep 9, 2018

Pace Gallery is pleased to present All that glitters, Must come down, Tim Hawkinson’s sixth solo show with the gallery since joining in 2005 and his first in Palo Alto.

Exhibition Details

Tim Hawkinson
All that glitters, Must come down
Jul 26 – Sep 9, 2018

Above: Tim Hawkinson, Juggernaut, 2018, egg cartons, resin, mirrored mylar, pool ladder, steel, string, motor, pulleys, desiccated neoprene resin, 108" × 65" × 55" (274.3 cm × 165.1 cm × 139.7 cm) overall 44" × 65" × 55" (111.8 cm × 165.1 cm × 139.7 cm) tiara 81" × 34" × 36" (205.7 cm × 86.4 cm × 91.4 cm) pool ladder © Tim Hawkinson
Gallery

229 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto

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As a painter, draftsman and sculptor, Tim Hawkinson has become renowned for his limitless imagination and ability to create new forms of perception. His work manipulates what is most familiar to us in ways that invite close examination by the viewer, welcome previously unimaginable perspectives, and encourage a sense of wonder.

Hawkinson’s works in All that glitters, Must come down are as playful as they are subversive. The unexpected materials and tactile qualities of Untitled (Bike Links) (2018) and Untitled (Moby Bather) (2018) are reminiscent of the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg, as is the fantastical scale of Juggernaut (2018). However, upon further investigation Juggernaut (2018) is actually an assemblage of egg cartons, metallic film, and a pool ladder. Questioning boundaries is integral to Hawkinson’s practice, and this material idiosyncrasy tests our understanding of what an object is or can be. For Hawkinson, adaptation and transformation are not limited to the materials around him and Hawkinson’s own body is frequently his most utilized tool. For Untitled (Star) (2018), Hawkinson took impressions of his elbow, knee, and even belly button. The artist’s engagement with the body and investigation of the human form are described in Doug Harvey’s Encyclopedia Hawkinsoniae, where he writes: "Hawkinson is one of a handful of artists whose depictions of the human body embrace the challenges posed by modernism and the information age, subjecting its rhythms and dimensions to measurement, fragmentation, transformation, and ultimately rebirth. No more or less than the Lascaux painters to Vito Acconci have done, but in a new form that is coincidentally discrete and continuous, binary and holistic, deconstructive and generative, sexy and clinical, sublime and ridiculous." [i]

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Tim Hawkinson

Tim Hawkinson's idiosyncratic creations are meditations on nature, machines, mortality, the body and human consciousness. Since the 1980s, he has used common, found, and store-bought materials, as well as handcrafted objects and machines, to shift familiar subject matter into an unfamiliar place with off-kilter visual conundrums and conceits imbued with deeper meaning.

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Palo Alto — Tim Hawkinson, All that glitters, Must come down, Jul 26–Sep 9, 2018