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Anton Kern Gallery: Richard Hughes - 28 Nov 2007 to 12 Jan 2008

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28 Nov 2007 to 12 Jan 2008

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Richard Hughes, Crash My Party You Bastards,2004
Mixed media, Variable dimensions
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY
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Richard Hughes
November 28, 2007 – January 12, 2008

For his first U.S. solo show, London-based artist Richard Hughes placed a group of incongruous-looking objects throughout the gallery space: stones, paint buckets, wornout shoes, a dirty mattress, rotten barrel planters. The objects may look harmless and innocent, their placement however (a tire slung around a ceiling beam, for example), already invites questions as to its recent history, use, and function, or imminent action. Upon closer inspection though, these objects reveal themselves as casts, meticulously crafted replicas of every-day things.

In addition to the scattered sculptures, Hughes turned the back room of the gallery into a reversed trompel’oeil. Objects are placed inside the space and visible only through a head-shaped cut-out in the wall, together creating the illusion of a two-dimensional image, in this case the head of a teen-age boy.

Hughes’ sculptures are not ready-mades and only seemingly consist of disparate and discarded materials. As facsimiles of common objects, hand-made by the artist, it’s not the object that is transformed but its meaning and ability to speak to the viewer. Gradually, these objects-turned-sculptures reveal their inherent capacity to tell stories, narratives that are charged with everyday-life experience and humor. Paradoxically, they would not possess any of these qualities were they simply found objects.

In 2006, Richard Hughes was nominated for the Beck’s Futures award and his work included in the accompanying exhibition at the ICI, London. Hughes has exhibited frequently throughout the U.K and Europe over the past decade. Most recently, his work has been presented in one-person shows at the Tate Britain under the title Art Now: Richard Hughes: Keep On Onnin’ (2006) and The Shelf-life of Milk at The Showroom, London (2004). Recent group shows include Strange I’ve Seen That Face Before at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany (2006), and British Art Show at the Baltic Art Center, Gateshead (2005), subsequently touring to Manchester, Nottingham, and Bristol.

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