May 6 - 27
Opening Reception during IDADA First Friday Art Tour, May 6, 6 - 9 pm
This May, Gallery 924 presents new work by Kristy Hughes in Seeing is Forgetting. Kristy Hughes’ current body of work is about following curiosities, discovering the potential in limited materials, and bringing to the surface the underlying systems that organize and inform chaos.
Hughes starts each piece by laying down one simple mark, gesture, or color on paper. Using monotype, woodcut, and paint, she purposely makes a mess, something that does not aesthetically make sense, to create chaos. Once the disordered composition builds up, she slashes through the thick layers using an X-Acto knife and begins to reveal what lies underneath. She deconstructs, sometimes aggressively with a sander, and other times bymeditatively peeling small pieces of paper by hand. She starts the process over again–adding and taking away, hiding and revealing. She organizes and structures the composition that started from a simple, intuitive mark. She “fixes” the mess, and the composition is finished when the work lies somewhere between chaos and control.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kristy Hughes is an artist and printmaker, who received her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University in 2015. Over the past few years, Hughes has exhibited in over 60 shows. She was an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center in July 2015, where she was awarded a full fellowship. Hughes is currently an artist-in-residence at the Stutz Artists Association in Indianapolis, Adjunct Professor of Art & Culture I at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute, and Part-time Assistant Professor of Drawing at DePauw University in Greencastle. She has a cactus named Cilantro and a gecko named Pepperoni.