Past, Present and Future Art Projects

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It’s been a busy past 12 months, with several projects completed, several in progress and numerous others in planning and development.  To give you an insight, below is an up-to-date summary:

Completed pending inaugurate exhibition:-

Le Tre Grazie (The Three Graces) – The first ever photographic portrayal of the three Daughters of Zeus, comprising a 32 artworks, a special limited edition monograph and a video artwork.

I Misteri di Venezia – A collection of 50 photographic artworks, also produced as a photo-book of 50 images, each with a corresponding poem.  Opening in Venice, Italy.

Milk Maid – A series of photographic artworks, focused on Female Adult Lactation in all of it’s forms

In progress:-

Awareness in Manhattan – A photographic project consisting of a series of lenticular prints.  Opening in NYC and dedicated to aiding breast cancer research and awareness.

Wine Art – A glass sculpture project, based upon a limited series of hand-crafted wine bottles, combining glass sculpture, photographic art and wine.

Imagine ~ People In Peril – A body of photographic works, themed on the plight of human trafficking.  Opening in NYC and dedicated to aiding SISHA (www.sisha.org)

Chinese Mythology – A body of work inspired and themed by ancient Chinese mythological tales. Opening and cause as yet undecided.

Variations – A body of work inspired by paintings by several of the grand masters, including Klimt, Schielle, Courbet, Goya, etc.).  Opening and cause as yet undecided.

Future:-

Life Before Death – A mixed-media project based upon the social condition  Opening in NYC and dedicated to the micro-financing of social welfare needs in NYC.

The Pillow Book –  A photographic portrayal of the original book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shonagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi.  Opening in Tokyo and dedicated to aiding 24 Hour Television: “Love Saves the Earth”.

Kisaeng – A photographic book project based upon the officially sanctioned Korean female courtesans.  Opening in Seoul, Korea and dedicated to aiding abused women in Korea. 

The Woman Within – A body of photographic works themed on Islamic women’s rights. Opening in London, U.K. and dedicated to aiding The Honor Diaries.

Infinite Harmony – A large scale inter-active public sculpture project encompassing the U.K., Russia and The People’s Republic of China.

Le Tre Grazie …

For the first time in the history of contemporary art, Thomas Hodges in collaboration with Giuseppe Lepore and Bielle Re Srl, present “Le Tre Grazie”. A modern day portrayal of the three daughters of Zeus, namely; Aglaia, representing splendour; Eufrosine, representing joy and gladness, and Talia, the bearer of prosperity and flowers. Jointly depicted in a multi-racial and multi-cultural context, Le Tre Grazie of Thomas Hodges are destined to become a bench-mark in art history and symbolic of all that is good in mankind and the world as we know and understand it today. A series of works dedicated to world peace, harmony and love amongst mankind. As they were in the beginning so shall they be so today …

Evolution or Devolution?

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When it come to erotic art, it is very apparent that the world, as opposed to advancing in mentality, has significantly receded. This recent article published in “The Times of Israel” bears witness to this fact: READ HERE

This is presumably not least of all due to the influence of modern day religion (and by modern day I am referring to everything within this past 2000 years or so) who teach that everything pertaining to sexuality or even simple nudity, is evil or dirty. In-fact, if one were to follow the teachings of modern day religion, it’s amazing there are any people!

Facebook themselves are a perfect example of draconian mentality when it comes to such subject matter.

Not so the case with the world’s ancient cultures, who not only embraced nudity and sexuality, but in many cases also worshipped it, especially in an artistic context.

So much for evolution, it seems to me that the modern world is in “devolution” when it comes to this subject!

Myself excluded of course, as is demonstrated by some of my more controversial works, such as the following (ATTENTION, NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK IF BEING VIEWED IN 2014, BUT PERFECTLY OK IN 2000BC AND BEFORE!).

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WORLD OF FASHION 2014: L’ALTA MODA A ROMA

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I’m pleased to be participating in this year’s World of Fashion event, which is integral to Rome’s Alta Moda fashion week. My work “Nishikigoi” will be showing as a unique 5 mt. x 5 mt. backdrop, in addition to it being the first time that this work has shown in Europe.

Chez Claude . . .

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The editorial series “Chez Claude” shot back in 2006, consists of 140 images destined for book publication (details will be provided in due course). However, the entire series is also being made available as limited edition artworks, each available as an edition of 5 (+2 AP).

Archival black and white pigment prints on Baryta paper. Standard print dimensions are 60cm x 40cm (24” x 16”). Both larger or smaller print sizes are available upon request. Regardless of print size, the number of editions of each image will be strictly limited to 5. Each print is signed, dated and numbered verso and issued with Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. Available through selective representatives globally (contact me for specific enquiries).

The entire series of 140 images can be viewed HERE (displayed using the recently updated HTML presentation, now viewable on any platform).

PhotoConception . . . Updates . . .

Photoconception ~ the official website of photographic artist Thomas Hodges

Photoconception ~ the official website of photographic artist Thomas Hodges

Updating my official website “PhotoConception” is long overdue and something that I having been trying to get to for far to long!  Finally, I’m moving forward, and one of the first priorities has been the progressive conversion of all existing artwork presentations from Flash to to a new HTML design. This is particularly significant to IOS users (like myself!), who are unable to view Flash on IOS. With the ever increasing use of tablets and other hand-held devices, compatibility across all platforms is essential. You can take a look at my series China Doll  as an example of the new HTML presentation, and like I say, updating of the others is in progress.

My new HTML artwork presentations now enable you to view all my works on any device. It’s a progressive process, starting firstly with the replacement of all existing presentations and then with the updating of my artworks page in general, which will during these coming weeks, be extensively updated with numerous bodies of working spanning across this past seven years.

I have a vast selection of artworks that currently can not be seen on my website but are nonetheless available internationally through my network of representing galleries and dealers. A number of these works can be found on my Tumblr blog, which serves in parallel to bring you snippets of new work, both artworks and editorial works destined for book publications. However, during these coming weeks this situation will be changed and once again, my official website will be the main source of reference.

All artwork posts on shown my website have information links which integrate with this my official blog, wherein you will find detailed information on the artwork series in question.

I hope you find these changes helpful in enabling you to view my works on any device from any location. Enjoy!

 

The European Month of Photography

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As published in AAD earlier this month, this article provides you with an insight into The European Month of Photography, but more specifically Paris, where Paris Photo and Fotofever run in parallel. The full  article can be found HERE

Art Galleries, What Are The Options For Artists?

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Published back in October of this year, my article for AAD pertaining to art galleries, is I am confident every artist will find helpful. The full article can be read HERE.

Fine Art Photograpy vs. Commercial Photography

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My latest article entitled “Fine Art Photography vs. Commercial Photography” has just been published on the AAD blog.  You can find the full article HERE.

My Response to Cameron’s Internet Filters

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U.K. based Blur Group recently asked me to comment on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to implement opt-in filters via all U.K. ISPs.  Blur address the subject via this preceding blog post, subsequent to which they asked me to provide my own opinion.  What is that opinion?  Read it for yourselves right HERE.