Friday, February 5, 2010

Tim Hawkinson

Feather Bike. Feathers.

Emoter. 2002. Altered Ink-Jet Print, Monitor, Stepladder & Mechanical Components. h: 49 x w: 17 x d: 16 in / h: 124.5 x w: 43.2 x d: 40.6 cm

Überorgan. Constructed from cheap, disposable/recyclable materials, nylon net, carboard, plasic bottles, our woven polyethylene Super Poly greenhouse covering, and various mechanical components. Over 14,000 square feet of Super Poly was required to make the Überorgan.

Tim Hawkinson is an American Born artist from San Francisco. Born in 1960, he attended San Jose State University for his undergraduate degree and continued his studies at UCLA and earned his MFA in 1989. His work is primarily Sculptural and his use of scales can rival just about anyone. His works range from the minuscule to stadium sized (Überorgan). His work is often about a few topics in general. The recreation of the self (almost self portraits), music (sound), the persistence of time, and the full engagement of materiality and process. His work has been exhibited Nation and worldwide including the "Venice Biennale (1999), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, (2000), the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada (2000), the Whitney Biennial (2002), and the 2003 Corcoran Biennial."

I am interested in Tim Hawkinson's work because I am feeling an artist urge to create a more interdisciplinary approach to my art/photography. My work in the past has been to find the perfect photograph, hunting with my eyes rather than my heart and head. By utilizing this ability to create with my own hands and creativity, I Feel that I can break through the artistic criticism of finding, rather than creating a photograph. With this approach and the ability to capitalize on this creative energy and willingness that I feel towards this idea, the conceptual growth of myself will be huge. That is my opinion on the matter.


"As an object-maker, Hawkinson routinely employs a make-do-and-mend touch that, while not inherently unappealing, burdens his output with an arbitrary cuteness. His way with commonplace and organic materials is wide-ranging..." - Michael Wilson (Time Out New York)

"One after another of Mr. Hawkinson's sculptures either enlists his own body, or entails a machine that mimics what a human body could do, or is some cockeyed combination of the two." - MICHAEL KIMMELMAN (NY Times)

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