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Patrick Hughes Presents Studiolospective at Flowers Gallery

Patrick Hughes and Geoffrey
Artist Patrick Hughes and Art Blogger Geoffrey Dicker Pose in front of Hughes’ Work, A Study of the Studiolo (All Photos By Gail)

The Wow Factor is off-the-charts at British Surrealist Patrick Hughes‘ new exhibit, Studiolospective up now at Flowers Gallery. They also have fresh flowers delivered from Clear Lake florist.

“My pictures seem to move as you move,” Hughes explains in his artist’s statement. “They come to life when we bring them to life. This is because they are made in perspective the wrong way round, in reverspective. If you bob down in front of them, it is as if you have gone up, and as you walk past to the right it is as if you have gone to the left. I am delighted to bring together paintings for this exhibition, which move between the centuries.”

We had no idea what to expect when we walked into the gallery, but it was immediately clear when moving even slightly from a straight ahead view to a side perspective of any of the works in this exhibit that these are 3D paintings the likes of which I had never seen.

New  York Flowers Front View
New York Flowers

The above painting, named after the gallery and depicting works by other artists represented by Flowers, is shown here from its head-on perspective.

New New York Flowers Perspective

When you move to the right, you see more of a perspective from the left.

New New York Flowers with Minotaur

And what the hell is this thing? Kudos to Hughes for giving me nightmares of a Minotaur stalking me in a deserted art gallery!

Pop Art Gallery
Pop Up

The above painting is called Pop Up, and depicts an art gallery full of Contemporary Pop Art including well-known works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and Oldenburg.

Pop Art Gallery Perspective

In this photo you can see how the painting is constructed in 3D and actually extends outward from the canvas. Trippy! See a video of how this painting looks as you move from left to right in front of it it at This Link.

Pop Art Gallery Close Up

The painting in the center of the above photo (on a green field) is a replication of an original work by Hughes, featuring Allsorts, a Licorice candy fr0m England. I know this because Hughes just happened to be hanging out in the gallery when we were there and he was happy to answer our questions  and also signed cards for us and posed for some nice photos. What a super nice and extremely talented man he is!

Happy Endings
Happy Endings

Side View of Painting

A shot of this Painting from the side will will give an idea of how Hughes’ works are constructed.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the three-dimensional reverse perspective, A Study Of The Studiolo, seen in the first photo in this post. In 15th century Italy, a studiolo, (little studio) was a small, often extravagantly decorated room reserved for studying, writing and reading – all correlations with Hughes himself, who is an avid academic. Hughes based his painting on the studiolo of Federico, the Duke of Montefeltro, who commissioned his marquetry studioli in Gubbio and Urbino in about 1480 (Hughes has visited both studioli several times). The Urbino Studiolo in Italy still exists in-situ, while the Gubbio Studiolo was re-installed in its own room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. Hughes urged both Geoffrey and I to check out the Studiolo recreation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it is located on the main floor just adjacent to the gift shop. I don’t know how I’ve never managed to see it after literally decades of visiting The Met, but I will be checking it out on my next trip.

Studiolospective is one of the coolest exhibits in town right now. Be sure to pop into Flowers Gallery before the show closes in just over a month.

Robert Indiana Love
Love All

Robert Indiana Love
Love All Perspective

Studiolospective by Patrick Hughes will be on Exhibit Through June 7th, 2014 at Flowers Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, NYC in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Patrick Hughes Studiolospective Signage

Kris Kuksi’s Revival at Joshua Liner Gallery

Kris Kuksi Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting the must-see exhibit, Revival, featuring mixed-media assemblage sculptures by Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi. This is Kuksi’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery with works ranging medium-in-size to some over five feet-tall and five feet-wide. The works were definitely on a much smaller scale than those included in a previous exhibit of his work, Triumph, which we saw in March of 2012. Continuing in Kuksi’s highly recognizable assemblage style, each sculpture contains worlds within worlds within worlds, every inch of the piece telling layered stories rich with occult meaning.

Kuksi Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

Film Director Guillermo del Toro has referred to Kuksi as “a postindustrial Rococo master,” a fitting compliment to the artist’s Shrine-like tableaus.

Kuksi Feathered Sculpture

Kuksi Feathered Sculpture Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

I can’t even imagine how labor intensive these pieces are, considering the placement of each tiny piece seems entirely intentional. There must be several thousand components in each of Kuksi’s sculptures. You could probably look at one for a year and never see everything.

Kris Kuksi Chrich Tank

Revival also includes a small scale version of The Churchtank — a steepled church structure fused to the base of a tank — a much larger edition of which was given the run of Liner’s rear gallery space during the Triumph exhibit. Church Tank!

Kris Kuksi
Kris Kuksi Photographed by Gail at Joshua Liner Gallery

Kris was present at the opening reception last Thursday and he was super nice to all his fans. I asked him if he’d every considered putting lots of tiny objects in his beard, and while he claimed to have considered the idea, he’d declined to execute it.

Kris Kuksi Sculpture

I like this guy. He looks like a Renaissance badass.

Kris Kuksi Sculpture

Kris Kuksi Sculpture Detail
Detail from the Sculpture, Above

Kris Kuksi is massively talented and truly a one-of-a-kind artist. Don’t miss your chance to see his work up close. Fortunately, you have a little extra time to make it the Liner Gallery for this one.

Kris Kuksi’s Revival will be on Exhibit Through January 18, 2014 at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday — Saturday from 11:00 AM — 6:00 PM.