Flowers is pleased to announce Studiolospective, an
exhibition of new paintings by the renowned British surrealist
'My pictures seem to move as you move. They come to
life when we bring them to life. This is because they are
made in perspective the wrong way round, inreverspective. If
you bob down in front of them, it is as if you have gone up, and as
you walk past to the right it is as if you have gone to the
left. I am delighted to bring together paintings for this
exhibition, which move between the centuries.' Patrick
Hughes, London, 2014
The centerpiece of the exhibition is A Study of the
Studiolo. A studiolo, meaning 'a little studio,' was in
15th century Italy a small, often extravagantly
decorated room reserved for studying, writing, and reading - all
correlations with Hughes himself, an avid academic.
Hughes based his painting on the studiolo of Federico, the Duke
of Montefeltro, who commissioned his marquetry studioli in Gubbio
and Urbino in about 1480. The Urbino Studiolo in Italy still
exists in-situ, while the Gubbio Studiolo was re-installed in its
own room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. Having
visited both studioli several times, Hughes brings the studiolo to
life again in his three-dimensional reverse perspective context,
almost six hundred years after Brunelleschi invented perspective in 1420.
Other works in the exhibition include Going into
Reverse,which depicts multiple library shelves filled with
books, seamlessly moving across the painting and luring the viewer
into its space, and Flowers New York, a reverspective
rendering of the Chelsea gallery space and works of some of its
stable of artists.
Hughes' painted reliefs baffle his audience, demonstrating how
deceptive appearances can be. As one walks towards the seemingly
flat paintings they instead loom out, creating a disorientating,
'moving' experience. Preconceived assumptions of eye and
brain are challenged, inevitably raising questions about our
perception and the subconscious, on which Hughes has extensively
written and lectured, including at the American Institute of
Physics and UC Berkeley's conference on neuroaesthetics.
Hughes' witty illusions are not meant to confuse us (although
they do), but aim to clarify our relation to reality. Instead of
describing paradox, we can now experience it interactively.
Complementing the exhibition will be the screening of the short
film Hughesually: The Art of Patrick Hughes by the
British feature film director Jake West.