With a nod to “sampling culture” and Rauschenberg’s principle of working in “the gap between art and life”, Hodge’s collage based works pair urban detritus and found objects with cut-out images, lyrics, and other signifiers of the African-American experience, forming a duality of meaning wherein fragments of everyday urban life become conduits of artistic expression.
Cut, sewn, scorched, and painted, Hodge collapses the space between his reclaimed materials and the traditions he invokes, suggesting alternative pathways through the self-described “layer cake” of African American history.
Robert Hodge was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in the City’s historic Third Ward district. After graduating from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Hodge attended the Pratt Institute in New York and followed the pursuit of art and music to georgia at the Atlanta College of Art. Hodge has exhibited his work in numerous national and international institutions including The Station Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Young Masters Exhibition in London, Politics of Sound, Archive at Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France and the Contemporary Museum of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya as well as the Virginia Museum of fine Art to name a few. Hodge recently won Champions of Local Artists award in 2021 for his work in the Houston Art Community during the pandemic and was announced an Artadia award in 2022 of unrestricted to funds to use without desecration for his practice.