Ladies and Gentleman, introducing… 2013 oil on linen 30 x 24″
JODI HAYS: Super Scraps Tinney Contemporary | Nashville, TN December 7, 2013 — January 14, 2014 Opening Reception: December 7, 6-9pm
Jodi Hays’ latest series of paintings, Super Scraps, encourages the continuous evaluation and re-evaluation of our visual environment. Her work suggests that ultimately things do fit together. Whether it’s a dilapidated building we pass or a bag we carry or a product we buy, all of these things, despite the inevitable chaos we encounter, are not only related, but also consequential.
Diverging from the highly structured compositions that made up an earlier solo exhibition in 2011, Hays has introduced an element of disorder in her new work. This chaotic component is found amongst the controlled forms in various manifestations. Sometimes it is seen in a single, liberated gesture or a bold interruption of color. Other times it is embodied in an organic shape weaving its way through rigid lines. It’s in the wealth of such thoughtful idiosyncrasies that we discover the principle of flexibility overcoming rigidity. Or in broader terms, softness overcoming hardness.
Hays’ paintings are the culmination of her experiences, both personal and communal. Though pulled directly from her own life, the resulting imagery transcends any attempt at a biographical narrative. The referenced objects and scenes are often stripped of most identifying detail, granting them passage into the realm of ambiguity and allowing them to become nuanced representations of a shared reality. As she continues to reconfigure the world around her, Hays has built a visual language all her own.
— Sara Estes
threesquared presents an exhibition of new works by Nashville-based artist Jodi Hays. Strong in the Broken Places will feature recent oil paintings and works on paper.
In this exhibition, Hays uses physical space as metaphor for psychological space. Through a deft and deliberate balance of line and form, she leverages images one might associate with marking transitions or temporal site: construction fences, festoons, and caution tape. The work’s constant thread is an inquiry into how quotidian images can explore personal circumstance and transcend themselves. A process the artist terms “a kind of aesthetic redemption.” (more…)
galleryELL is pleased to announce “element – progress”, a group exhibit about materials, process and the experience of making and viewing art. the exhibit will run 9 april – 21 may 2011 @ spool mfg. in johnson city, new york. spool mfg. | 138 baldwin street, johnson city, ny 13790
gallery hours: saturday, 12-3p & by appointment
opening reception: 9 april 2011, 7-10p
closing reception: 21 may 2011, 7-10p
curatorial lecture & artists discussion:
7 april 2011, 6p
“element – progress” is curated by john ros featuring the work of annie varnot, jodi hays, joel bacon, kariann fuqua, kirsten nash, nancy hubbard & richard feaster.
2010 Home Show
Libby Rowe, Curator
Justice Works Gallery, Blue Star Complex, San Antonio TX
Openings: Thursday, Nov 4 and Friday Nov 5, 6-10pm
The living spaces we create act as a stage upon which we live our lives and experience our familial relationships. The artists included in 2010 Home Show utilize the spaces and structures of the home to explore relationships of the people who inhabit these spaces.
The installations of Jodi Hays celebrate the unconsidered and overlooked spaces in her world. In her work, Hays ceremonially cleans a neglected space, replacing the remnants of life that collect in the corners over time with floral inspired sculpture.”
— From the Curator’s Statement
Jodi Hays — Site-Specific Installation Getting Used to Living in the in Between The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN January 2010
My work functions as a metaphor for living in relationship, but also as a reflection on our contemporary social and economic moment. How does one intimately and collectively, get used to living in the in-between, liminal spaces of already begun but not yet finished projects?
My sculptural work is intimate in scale. This installation of clay forms express my interest in landscape and terrain as a metaphor for relationships. The work is intimate, yet Pangea-like in its disbursement. However, the title “We Can Fight This Drift,” implies a statement made from one or another (or collective).
images: Jodi Hays, Getting Used to Living in the in Between, 2010