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Theater & art

Art REview

Hodges takes without giving in an allusive ICA show

How nerve-racking, how mentally draining it must be to be the kind of contemporary artist who has no favored medium, no particular skill set, only a penchant for slight, poetic gestures, an elegiac sensibility, and a tendency to receive one’s best ideas “fully realized as a complete, succinct concept,” while looking at the sky from behind the wheel of a car in upstate New York.

Jim Hodges is that kind of contemporary artist to a T. One can imagine his anxiety (“When will the next such idea come? What if it doesn’t come fully formed and I actually have to work through something? What should be my next move?”) as one walks through his show at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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