Robert Hodge’s Build and Destroy exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
(The Great Electric Show and Dance-2013, Mixed media on reclaimed paper)
Robert Hodge’s Build and Destroy
exhibitions opens on Friday Oct 3, 2014 – January 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm
(from the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston’s website)
His most recent body of work puts into direct confrontation representations of black people as rendered in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century with the self-determined and defined lyrics of late twentieth and early twenty-first century hip-hop. By superimposing language upon these images, Hodge seeks to interrogate the image against the weight and backdrop of celebrated vernacular. The exhibition’s title, Destroy and Rebuild, underscores more than just process and emerges as a metaphor for the destruction of archaic perceptions of blackness and the recovery of personal and communal value.
Robert Hodge “Stand Your Ground”, 2013, mixed media on reclaimed paper
hemp thread, 57in x 97in – collection of Stephanie and Bill Perkins, Houston