While taking in this art exhibit, a video installation played that song on repeat, the homage to Charles Schulz; to me, it sounded like something that would play in a funeral parlour. It did not sound bad, it sounded lonely and full of longing.
Artist Simon Hughes work is explicitly precise with hard edges and strong design elements yet the his concepts are full of abstraction. Upon viewing some of his paintings a person can see the images, upon closer inspection, a person can find innuendos lurking.
Plague Tree, Acrylic and collage on plywood panel, 40 x 40 inches
Exploded Museum, Acrylic and Collage on Linen over Plywood panel, 80 x 60 inches.
Then, there is his incorporation of colour tints and hues, when paired with his signature style elements, the art work transcends the “stillness” of it’s image to permeate a temperature that, if you stare too long at this art, you begin to think, you can feel it!
Cold Theory; acrylic latex, alkyd and Roll-a-tex on birch plywood panel
Installation View (above)
This Blue Period Art Exhibition was really an “(Ode to Joy)”, infused through out the gallery were sounds that longed for joy and imagery that joyfully impacted the eyes both from afar and up-close, even when just sitting near it, a person could certainly want to ‘coast’ into places where joy might be found, in the warmth of the mind’s eye.
Learn more: Simon Hughes, Division Gallery Toronto