Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a sculpture titled Broken Circle by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Fiberglass, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, enamel, pigment, and stuffed pigeon, and the dimensions are 43.275 inches by 16 inches by 44 inches.This is a sculpture titled Trip Over by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Epoxy Resin, polyurethane foam, jesemite, steel rod, acrylic paint, shoe laces, and the dimensions are 27.25 inches by 11 inches by 6 inches.This is a sculpture titled The Big Sleep by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Jesminite, pigment, acrylic paint, modeling putty, and plastic, and the dimensions are 9.5 inches by 75 inches by 35.875 inches.This is a sculpture titled Far In by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Cast silicone rubber, canvas, acrylic paint, glass bottle, and the dimensions are 40.25 inches by 19.75 inches by 20.5 inches.This is a sculpture titled The Legendary Chock by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Cast silicone rubber, stitched canvas, acrylic paint, cast concrete, and cast polyurethane, and the dimensions are 15.5 inches by 111.25 inches by 8.75 inches.This is a work titled The UN-NESS of ONE-NESS by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Fiberglass, clear casting resin, and blades of grass, and the dimensions of the first bucket is 8.25 inches by 10.75 inches by 10.75 inches, the dimensions of the second bucket is 7 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.This is a work titled Dead Headz by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Dried flowers, wood, epoxy resin, earth, pigment, and metal, and the dimensions are 27.5 inches by 22.5 inches by 22.5 inches.This is a sculpture titled Broken Circle by artist Richard Hughes made in 2007. The materials are Polystyrene, wire, jesmonite, stone powder, epoxy resin, leaves, lacquer, and acrylic paint, and the dimensions for part one is 67 inches by 31.5 inches by 31 inches, part two is 65 inches by 23.625 inches by 29.5 inches, part three is 31.5 inches by 31.5 inches by 19.625 inches. This is a work titled Slouching Back by artist Richard Hughes made in 2004. The materials are Billboard poster, wood, comforters, plastic, light, and the dimensions are variable.This is a work titled Crash My Party You Bastards by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are variable.

Press Release

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 trompe lʼoeil. 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.

 

Hughesʼ sculptures are not ready-mades and only seemingly consist of disparate and discarded materials. As facsimiles of common objects, hand-made by the artist, itʼ 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.

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