November 20, 2013 by: Natalie Fleming
George Hughes, Brown Rust, 2013, oil on canvas, 39.5 x 49.5 in
Skoto Gallery will have an opening reception on Thursday, November 21st, from 6-8pm for its new exhibition Collisions, which displays recent paintings by George Hughes, a professor in the Department of Art.
Professor Hughes gave an artist’s statement about his recent work in the gallery’s press release:
‘Collisions’ addresses the psychological echoes of deterioration through metaphors such as vehicular and war machinery, specifically exploring the wear and tear of such machines, once bold, sleek and intact. In each of the paintings on canvas, dominant forms such as cars are juxtaposed with language cues in the form of text, schemata, charts, skeletons and portraits, emphasizing the inter-relationships between seemingly distant factors with dominant phenomenon.In the paintings done on free-form wooden assemblages, text and “marks” occupy the pictorial surface with the intent to communicate or to adorn.
Compositional variances are consistent in this project. In one image a fragment of a car could be an object of newness and affluence, in another a symbol of vulnerability through wreckage. A readable text could easily turn gibberish, fragmented or placed next to misspelt words, Internet slang or non-words.
‘Collisions’ draws attention to, and places the onus on mankind as creative entities empowered towards technological progress in addition to the potential for self-destructiveness.
The show will run from November 21, 2013 – January 18, 2014
Skoto Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 5FL. New York, NY 10011