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Exhibition Opening

Jason Dodge Opening Reception with Ishion Hutchinson: The Broad Church of Night


Event Summary

Jason Dodge (b. 1969) is an American in Berlin—and a sculptor among poets. For over twenty years, he has been making work (assemblages, installations, objects, things) drawing on the minimalist tradition in art that simultaneously simmers and smolders with the emotional charge and riches of everyday life. A master of formal restraint and understatement, he makes sculptures—often incongruous juxtapositions of hard and soft, hidden and seen, living and dead—that brim with biography, alternately resembling literary vignettes, portraits, impressions or anecdotes.

A recent turn has seen Dodge move away (some) from the stark, ascetic language-of-less towards the promiscuous aesthetic of vintage scatter art, making literal and liberal (on occasion even painterly) use of the flotsam and jetsam of lived memory, of “refuse”—think words strewn across the blank pages of art’s various spaces.

The title of this exhibition was suggested to the artist by the Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson, who composed a poem for its dismantling in late November. Hutchinson also read from his work at the Poetry Foundation on November 30, with Dodge provided the introduction.

Curated by Dieter Roelstraete