NOTE: Full disclosure here, I was introduced to Emily Hughes when she contacted me regarding my long-suffering Grimey Studios project. I recommended her as an artist for MEA before I was a member of the same, so, I am discussing her here as a friend despite her current MEA show. That’s just fortuitous.
"Viberenergy," Emily Hughes
Alright, after a time period best described as “entirely too long,” I think we’re do a look at the work of Emily Hughes, a friendly acquaintance of mine. Emily, who’s in charge at the Logansport Art Association here in Indiana, is a fairly activist-minded, er, illustrator? Just what do you call someone who’s work is primarily drawing (charcoal, ink, colored pencil)? Draw-er just sounds weird, albeit amusing. Illustrator, though, now that sounds respectable, if inaccurate. Hmm…
"Time," Emily Hughes
Moving on, her work is line based, so any comments I have about it being strongly based on line and detail seem a bit silly, but it’s still worth noting that there is a very strong textural presence to her line-handling. Emily’s lines rarely stop and outlining, and go on to form tight, knotted swirls defining trunks, and bark, and other dense, textural areas.
Most of her pieces are in what she’s calling her “Tree Concentration,” the exact concept of which I intend sit down and talk with her about sometime. Overall, the series seems to work by contrasting human figures in their naked state against marshy scenes of trees and related flora. Suggestions of ensnarement (or entwinement, depending on how at peace the figure is with te interaction) crop up frequently.
"Introduction To Color," Emily Hughes
And, while so far the large, full-color piece I opened this post with appears to get the most comment and attention, I personally prefer her more muted, layered works, such as “Introduction To Color,” with it’s very limited color palette and contrasted figures and situations (not to mention the swirling textural lines and the many fine branches that keep encouraging me to pay closer attention to the technical craft that created it.)
But, whatever of her works you prefer, she is MEA‘s featured artist for this month, so any of you in the Indianapolis area (or a bit farther, if you don’t mind the drive) can see eight of her works hanging at Urban Element from now until June 4th.
Hey all, remember that swell group MEA (Midwest Emerging Artists) that sponsored a recent show by everyone’s favorite Zed Martinez (no, not that one, me silly). Well, as of tonight I find myself a working member of MEA, and not just the paint monkey they’re sponsoring. So hey, parties all around kiddies!
Now, with MEA I’ll be helping to do, well, anything. Everything. Find and schedule venues, artists, funding, you name it. The Indy art scene is a tough place, and we’re going to be working on finding new places to show at and new artists to show there. It’ll be fun. No, fun, smile. Bigger. That’s better.
So, for those of you faithful wondering what this means for my legendary and oft-postponed Grimey Studios, well. See, the goal of Grimey Studios will be to help raise funds so that artists can focus on making art, and not making compromises. And, that’s the sort of thing that would benefit greatly from an expanded MEA, who have the advantage of being an established name. So, the goal is to divert some energies into helping out at MEA, and then sometime down the road Grimey will still arise in partnership, or something, and there’ll be the group for promoting and showing the arts, and the group for financing art so that it can stay true to art, and it should, theoretically, be a synergistic ball of awesome. And tell me ‘synergistic ball of awesome’ isn’t the most exciting phrase you’ve heard today. Go on. You can’t, can you? Because it’s that awesome.
So, let’s look forward to the future with MEA. It’ll be sweet, I promise.
Alright, still not dead. I lost most of this week to a desire to completely rearrange and clean my Grimey Studios to better accomodate socializing and give me a better studio space for doing work.
That done, it’s time to come back around to sprucing up my virtual home in turn. Being the forward-looking Zed that I am I have decided to switch to HTML5, my site already is designed with HTML5 compliant browsers in mind, and I think the new structure and semantic changes are going to be big in search crawling and on mobile platforms, so I should really get with the standards compliancy already. Using a grid system should make it easier for me to go compliant without ripping chunks of hair out in fistfulls of frustraion and fury.