Exhibitions: Kristy Hughes and Joshua Ice
Date(s) - 07/07/2023 - 08/19/2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Sculpture Center
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Come see two early career artists display their work at The Sculpture Center
July 7 – August 19, 2023, Gallery hours Wednesday-Friday 12-4 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm
Kristy Hughes: “Into Your Sunlit Hope”
Kristy Hughes’ Into your Sunlit Hope is a new series of work about empowerment, gratitude, and the potential for change. Her abstract sculptures are homages to thank the formative people and places of her past. Manifested by embedding found and collected ephemera into the surfaces of the works, the sculptures also honor the landscape of her ever-shifting creative space. The works celebrate shimmering moments of transformation, oscillating between the grandiose and the mundane.
In the words of Hilton Als, from which the show is titled, we are, “walking proudly into your sunlit hope, ghosts and all.” Hughes makes sculptures intended to deliberately push back against the white-supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal, and classist societal systems that she works within. Into Your Sunlit Hope is a statement that small is significant. The work is hopeful. Despite of. Regardless of.
Joshua Ice: “Secrets are Pondered, Projects Prepared”
Secrets are Pondered, Projects Prepared is a conceptual exploration of the shifting landscape of craftsmanship within the context of contemporary DIY culture and self care. Viewers are invited to reflect on the meditative act of tinkering through the lens of a garage workshop. The disarray and neglect depicted in the space suggest a departure from skilled repair and maintenance and a preference for convenience, while the illusion of disrepair is simultaneously created with meticulous care.
Ice’s work questions the consequences of DIY culture’s emphasis on fast and accessible knowledge acquisition. “Examining the maintenance of self through the maintenance of architecture” is the driving mission behind the work. This idea dives into concepts of self-care through deliberate action while investigating systems we have adopted to support ourselves and how they fail us when we don’t engage mindfully. He relates the journey of trying to find solace in the healthcare system by treating the situation like a DIY project: finding remedies without external intervention.