On view at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 2017.
Since her show at Institute 193, Midnight Snacks, Hughes has gone on to be most recently featured in the Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera House, from February to May of 2017 and the upcoming 2017 Whitney Biennial from March 17 to July 11 of 2017. She is best known for her vibrant landscapes that playfully explore enigmatic pattern, form, and texture. The first Atlantan to be featured in Whitney Biennial since 2000, Hughes cements herself as a vocal representative of contemporary art in the South.
Midnight Snacks focused on works that playfully depicted food and interior spaces –both frequent subject matter in Hughes’ work. Hughes moves fluidly between painting and sculpture. The loosely painted subjects of her canvases are translated into lumpy three-dimensional abstractions of commonplace items like cakes, candles, and burned hotdogs. Hughes uses these highly recognizable and relatable depictions of the mundane to examine themes of domesticity, memory, and adolescent ennui, with her characteristic vitality and sense of humor.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Hughes (b.1981) studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. After a stint of living in New York, Hughes returned to Atlanta where, from her apartment/studio, she created an impressive body of artwork with a record of national and international exhibitions to match. She was the recipient of the 2012/2013 Working Artist Project award given by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). A major solo exhibition of her new work, titled Trips I’ve Never Been on, closed at the Marlborough Chelsea in March 2016. After five years back in her native South, Hughes moved to Brooklyn, NY in July 2014, where she currently lives and works.
Past solo exhibitions include American Contemporary Art Gallery, New York; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagen; Metroquadro, Rivoli; Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta; Museum 52, London; Parts Gallery, Toronto; Rachel Uffner, New York, and Rivington Arms, New York. Additionally, past group exhibitions include Coburn Projects, London; Gredier Contemporary, Zurich; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, and Salon 94, New York among others.
Shara Hughes, Microwave, 2012, oil, acrylic, enamel, and spray paint on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
Shara Hughes, Enter Goldfish, 2007, Oil, acrylic, enamel, paint pens, plastic paper, 137.2 x 111.8 cm.
Shara Hughes, Apple Trees, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 35.6 x 27.9 cm.