What artworks never fail to make us feel is their author’s idea of us—how the artist considers the one watching the result, what he or she imagines this watcher is capable of… By using this common language that the painting and the spectator have in common—shapes—the ideas of Shara Hughes give dignity to the spectator. She trusts our capacity to understand this language: we fabricate these landscapes with her, these interiors, these flower bouquets, we are ready for this alternative reality that does not address our reason but our senses and knowledge. — Éric Troncy*
A selection of new works by Shara Hughes—drawings, monoprint drawings**, and paintings—is on view now in Zürich. A comprehensive catalogue depicting these “psychological or invented landscapes,” with an essay by Andrew Russeth, will accompany the exhibition.
Through September 19.
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Rämistrasse 33, Zürich.
*Éric Troncy, “Shara Hughes,” in Shara Hughes: At Arm’s Length (Los Angeles: DoPe Press; Zürich: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, 2019), 51.
**The term monoprint drawing refers to a technique Hughes has developed, which consists of using the discarded sheets of former prints. In these prints, the artist removed most of the paint applied on the printing plate using a sheet of paper, thus creating a pale ghost of the motif made up of the diluted colors. This then served as the basis for the actual work, while the original, much more defined print constitutes the discarded remnants of the work. In her monoprint drawings, Hughes returns to these stark forms, which were initially used to create the ghost to serve as a subtle structure with colors that only can be produced in the printing process. Therefore, the monoprint drawings are neither a copy nor a different version of another print but rather a literal déjà-vu, a landscape one may have already seen before, or might be a mere effect of one’s imagination. — Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Shara Hughes, Day by Day by Day, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, June 2, 2020–September 19, 2020, from top: Full Moon Cove 2, 2020, printed ink and mixed media on paper; Shelter, 2020, mixed media on paper; Truth In Your Shadows 4, 2019, printed ink and mixed media on paper; The Slightest Mistake 3, 2019, printed ink and mixed media on paper; Trying To Seem Clean Cut 2, 2019, printed ink and mixed media on paper; Outsider 2, 2019, printed ink and mixed media on paper; Hopeful Self Portrait, 2020, mixed media on paper; Making It Work, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas; Sun Shower, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas; More Boundaries, 2020, mixed media on paper; Fiery Grounds, 2020, printed ink and mixed media on paper; Proud To Be Here, 2020, mixed media on paper. Images courtesy and © the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber.