Tim Hawkinson, ‘Bog 2’, 2009, Hosfelt Gallery

This series is based on a topographical body map
Hawkinson created by photographing himself from above
every 10 seconds as he lay in a bathtub that was filling
slowly with black paint. Superimposing these images,
Hawkinson developed a contoured pattern of his body.
In these works, he altered the bath-generated face
pattern to fit various crushed and mangled eyeglass
frames found on the street or in parking lots.

About Tim Hawkinson

Multimedia artist Tim Hawkinson has used a wide variety of common materials, such as plastic bags, used socks, and discarded organic material from his own body, to make his kinetic sculptures, installations, and complex photo collages. He frequently incorporates multiple techniques and media, including sound, in a single sculpture or installation, combining the bodily and the industrial to create a physical world in which flesh and plastic are indistinguishable. The kinetic installation Emoter (2002), for example, is a photographic collage of Hawkinson’s own face, connected by wires to a machine that manipulates his features into expressions of emotion.

American, b. 1960, San Francisco, California, based in Los Angeles, California