Patrick Hughes, Reverspective
Patrick Hughes made his first three dimensional relief painting in 1964—his intention to do the opposite of what was done. Thirty-five years later, he is still doing so.
Hughes's painted reliefs constantly baffle his audience, demonstrating how deceptive appearance can be. As we walk towards the seemingly flat paintings they loom out at us wcreating a disorientating, ‘moving’ experience. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, inevitably raising important questions about our perception and the subconscious.
His witty illusions are not meant to confuse us (although they do), but aim to clarify our relation to reality, instead of describing paradox, we now can experience it interactively; for his work is more to do with us, the way we think and the way we perceive.
Section A, B, and C
Fatima Albudoor, Emma O’Leary and Elissa von Walter are graduates of Northeastern University’s joint BFA Studio Art program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Collectively, their work in print and paper challenges the idea of printmaking and papermaking with monotyping processes, and yielding one’s control of the medium. In their thesis works they touch upon notions of the overlooked and the in between, as well as using the printmaking process, once used for mass production means, to create prints that are essentially a single edition. A Brief Stay not only encompasses the fleeting moments of meaningful contact that arise from methods of printmaking and papermaking, but also refers to the idea that short-lived experiences can have a lasting impact on our lives.
Sections E and F
Maud Morgan: March 1, 1900 – March 14, 1999
American modern artist, educator, and Boston native Maud Morgan is best known as an abstract expressionist, mentoring the likes of American painter and printmaker Frank Stella and exhibiting alongside other abstract expressionist painters Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollack. Morgan’s paintings can be found at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. These three works, from the late 1960s and early 1970s, are part of Northeastern University’s art collection.
The Watt d’Or award from Switzerland recognizes the best energy projects and innovations that provide a true benefit for society. Since 2007, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy has been honoring outstanding accomplishments and projects by bestowing them with the Watt d’Or (www.wattdor.ch). During the last 8 years, nearly 50 Swiss projects have been recognized with the award, and 25 of these pioneering works will be showcased, for the first time, in a traveling exhibition premiering in Boston and continuing through the US, Switzerland and additional countries.
The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the individual Watt D’Or award-winning projects, as a means by which to create a dialogue and establish collaborations with key players in academia, and the public and private sector. The hope is that the projects will spark future interactions and forge new bonds.