Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Richard Hughes in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a work titled Fallen Angel (Snowey) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Polyester resin, fiberglass, brackets and chain, and the dimensions are 19 inches by 14 inches by 16 inches.This is a sculpture titled Fallen Angel (Eddie) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Polyester resin, fiberglass, brackets and chain, and the dimensions are 29 inches by 14.5 inches by 16 inches.This is a sculpture titled Fallen Angel (Salmon) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Polyester resin, fiberglass, brackets and chain, and the dimensions are 30 inches by 13 inches by 21 inches.This is a sculpture titled Cupid by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Cast cement, powdered marble, fiberglass and steel, and the dimensions are 24.875 inches by 19 inches by 19.25 inches.This is a sculpture titled Neapolitanz by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Sculpted polystyrene, acrylic polymer and paint, and the dimensions are 56.75 inches by 69 inches by 69 inches.This is a sculpture titled PPedestrian (Skinny C) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Architectural grey board, fiberglass, stone resin, steel and paint, and the dimensions are 80 inches by 29 inches by 141 inches.This is a sculpture titled Pedestrian (Frankie Dubz) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Architectural grey board, fiberglass, stone resin, steel and paint, and the dimensions are 65 inches by 107 inches by 30 inches.This is a sculpture titled Pedestrian (Sketchy Freddy) by artist Richard Hughes made in 2013. The materials are Architectural grey board, fiberglass, stone resin, steel and paint, and the dimensions are 108 inches by 23.25 inches by 24 inches.

Press Release

Richard Hughes
April 12 –
May 18, 2013

For his third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, UK-based artist Richard Hughes has turned the gallery into a stage for a magic dance performed by a street gang of enchanted lamp posts, ice-cream-wafer-like garden walls and broken memorial statues found in the most dilapidated and dark corners of (British) suburbia. With his first artist monograph freshly published by JRP Ringier and two recent solo exhibitions at Tramway Art Space in Glasgow and Firstsite in Colchester, England, Hughes’ work is at the center of public attention.

 

Richard Hughes is known for his exceptional skill to turn 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 — into narrative sculptures. Their placement in a gallery space 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. Hughes’ sculptures are not ready-mades. As facsimiles of common objects it’s not the object that is transformed but its reappropriated meaning and ability to reconfigure the object for 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.

 

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