Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2010 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a sculpture titled Chapel Perilous by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Glass, cast polyurethane, plastic, vinyl, paint and electric lights, and the dimensions are 126 inches by 131 inches.This is a sculpture titled Blue Heaven by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Bronze and enamel paint, and the dimensions are variable.This is a sculpture titled Jimmy Jimmy by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Clay-tiles, plaster board, paper, wood, paint, vinyl tiles, carpet and cork, and the dimensions are 264.5 inches by 195 inches by 11 inches.This is a sculpture titled Shut Down 2 by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Fiber glass, polyester resin, iron powder and acrylic paint, and the dimensions are 95 inches by 96 inches.This is a sculpture titled Shut Down 1 by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Fiber glass, polyester resin, iron powder and acrylic paint, and the dimensions are 96 inches by 36.5 inches.This is a sculpture titled The Malingerer by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Fiberglass, polyester resin, polyurethane resin and iron powder, and the dimensions are 127 inches by 26.5 inches.This is a sculpture titled The Malingerer by artist Richard Hughes made in 2010. The materials are Fiberglass, polyester resin, polyurethane resin and iron powder, and the dimensions are 132 inches by 26.5 inches.

Press Release

Richard Hughes
May 20 –
July 3, 2010

May 5, 2010—For his second solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, London-based artist Richard Hughes has turned the gallery into a seemingly demolished urban space including derelict foundations of a house, a doorway boarded-up with rotting MDF, and neglected cast-iron Victorian lamp posts. Dozens of tied-together pairs of sneakers flung onto low-hanging overhead utility wires, a practice known as shoefiti, are suspended into the space. A polygonal rose window, set into the wall of the back gallery, appears as a large taleidoscopic and psychedelic image.

 

The exhibition consists of ordinary, sometimes slightly repulsive objects that might be found in a hovel of a rooming house or unceremoniously dumped by the side of the road — bleak monuments to abused domestic or public spaces. Their placement in a gallery space, however, instantly invites questions as to its recent history, use, and function, or imminent action. Upon closer inspection, all objects reveal themselves as casts, meticulously crafted replicas of every-day things injected with an element of fantasy. The beauty within this ostensibly abandoned world lies in the moment of surprise when materials reveal themselves as “fakes.” This is the moment when hidden images and cultural memories become visible and intelligible, when the vernacular becomes a universal language.

 

Hughesʼ sculptures are not ready-mades. As facsimiles of common objects itʼs 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, to evoke narratives that are charged with everyday-life experience and humor. Just as a taleidoscope, a variation of the closed mirror kaleidoscope, permits the view of the real world beyond the lens.

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