In fiery, complex works, McCloud uses elements of traditional printing stamps to beautify otherwise abandoned industrial scraps. Unaesthetic at first glance, the material is repurposed to create unique, large-scale textural objects. The artist has shown at Luce Gallery, Italy, and has been in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, and Art Basel Miami Beach with NʼNamdi Contemporary Miami.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
About Hugo McCloud
The New York-based artist Hugo McCloud is known for large-scale paintings in which he explores generally unaccepted notions of beauty. McCloud uses derelict construction materials, including common roofing metal, as canvases. Fusing together damaged, unaesthetic scraps of copper, oxidized steel plates, and heated black tar, McCloud then stamps the roofing metal with floral prints covered in heated pigment. The artist draws inspiration from images on Instagram, which he is “drawn to either because of the composition or colors or subject matter.” The resulting objects are textural creations that speak to McCloud’s background in industrial design.
American, b. 1980, Palo Alto, CA, United States, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States