January 13 – February 12, 2010 Reception: Saturday January 16, 2010, 2 PM – 3 PM
A collection of recent paintings by Kathy Hodge will be on view at Bert Gallery from January 13 through February 12, 2010. The gallery is located at 540 South Water Street in the Corliss Landing building in Providence, RI and is open Wednesday through Friday, 11-5pm and Saturday, 12-4pm. Monday or Tuesday, call for an appointment . Parking is available on the street in front of the gallery or in the parking lot across the street.
This latest body of work comes from a series of paintings of old-fashioned cast iron shoe making machinery at a small shop in Warren, RI. Fascinated by these heavy machines, Hodge made many sketches and charcoal drawings, leading up to this striking and colorful series of oil paintings. She is able to look beyond the harsh, oily exterior and capture the implausible beauty and grace of this industrial equipment. The delicate and precise brush strokes of the paintings reflect the intricacy of the machines, garnering respect for the careful craft of shoemaking. Some of the pieces turn utilitarian structures into abstract forms turning the seemingly mundane into a fantastical world of shape and color.
Kathy Hodge attended Rhode Island School of Design and the Swain School of Design where she received a BFA in painting in 1980. She is greatly influenced by natural landscape and has been appointed eight times as artist-in-residence by the National Parks Service. Hodge continues to paint in her East Providence studio, often producing works in series, such as churches, trains, and most recently, shoe making equipment.
Paintings range in price from $900 to $1,800