New England Drawing 94, 2007
gouache on paper, 29 x 24 cm
The Gradual Materialisation of Essence
Rubicon Gallery private view Thursday 4th September, 6-8 pm
continues until Saturday 11th October 2008
Rubicon Gallery, 10 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tuesday -Saturday 12-6 pm and by appointment
Ronnie Hughes’ new work springs from a two-month sojourn at the Albers’ Foundation in Connecticut in 2006 and by a further visit to the Vermont Studio Center. The intensity of these two New England residencies enabled Hughes’ practice to germinate in previously unimagined directions, focusing specifically on the process of drawing. The measured intimacy and quiet ‘slowness’ of these New England works are important factors for the artist and stand in marked contrast to much other contemporary art practice. The ‘drawing’ emphasis has since moved across and become a major determinant in the evolutionary process of Hughes’ paintings.
Hughes is interested in networks of analysis, methodology and interpretation. He feels that these new works share with their geographical source of origin a connection to a certain ‘enlightenment’ sensibility – a desire to uncover an underlying order in the apparent chaos of nature. The works take the form of corrupted abstractions that investigate, and at times conflate, various dichotomies e.g. natural/synthetic, order/entropy, abstraction/mimesis, nature/nurture. Hughes sees his activity as constructing (or, possibly, ‘exposing’) order within closed evolutionary systems that each conform to their own improvised sets of rules or conditions.