Image rights: Collection of Wassim Rasamny, New York. Photo: Sean Kelly, New York © Hugo McCloud
"A Constellation" (November 12, 2015–March 6, 2016) Venue: The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Organized by Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator
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