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Left: Straw. Oil, enamel, acrylic, spray paint on canvas. 2012. Right: Too Full. Oil, enamel, acrylic, spray paint on canvas. 2014. Images courtesy of the artist.

Shara Hughes: Midnight Snacks
July 30 – August 30, 2014
Opening reception: August 1, 6 – 8 PM

Institute 193 is pleased to present Midnight Snacks, an exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Shara Hughes. This will be the first exhibition of her work in Kentucky.

Midnight Snacks will focus on works that playfully depict food and interior spaces–both frequent subject matter in Hughes’ work. She 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 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.

Shara Hughes (b. 1981) has recently exhibited her work at Galerie Mikael Andersen (Berlin, Germany), American Contemporary (New York, NY), and The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA). 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 Guess You Had To Be There, closed at MOCA GA in June of this year. After five years back in her native South, Hughes moved to Brooklyn, NY in July 2014, where she currently lives and works.