Rowena Hughes

Elastic Waves Series

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Year 2020
Medium Colour pencil on wood veneer
Dimensions 34.7 x 25.7 cm
Top pick Angela Choon, Senior Partner, David Zwirner

About the work

This drawing is one of a new series using curves influenced by scientific diagrams of the movement of waves to draw repeating rhythmical lines describing waves in two directions. Both the drawn lines and the grain of the wood inscribe time. ‘Elastic Waves’ is taken from a series of artists’ books using phrases extracted from old physics books to write a form of poetry.

About the artist:

Born 1979 London, Rowena Hughes lives and works in Athens and London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2001); and MFA at the Slade (AHRC Studentship Award) (2011).

Hughes’s work encompasses drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and an ongoing series of books that provide the titles and an illogical framework for the other works. Themes of looping, interweaving, layering, chance and irregular repetition connect these various forms. The works are often responding to a found object or image rather than the neutrality of a blank surface. Underlying this practice is a concern with the interplay between order (the systematic, intentional, scientific, geometric and controlled) and disorder (the accidental, intuitive, irrational, imaginative and uncontrolled) − the false opposition between reason and feeling.

Selected solo exhibitions include Sunlight Still Loops, The Eyes Sees, Arles (2020); Liquid Library, University Museum, Athens (2015); From the Slopes of the Curves, Galerie Renner Prinz, Vienna (2012); Soft Parallels, Roaming Room, London (2011); and Diamonds & Diagrams, Guestroom, London (2008). Selected group exhibitions include B, Belmacz, London (2019); In Quotes, East Gallery NUA, Norwich and Gerald Moore Gallery, London (2017-18); Every Line Tells its Own Story, Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna (2017); Freshly Broken Surfaces, Galerie Pcp, Paris (2016); Text:Image, FotoGalerie Wien, Vienna (2015); In the Air Tonight, Galerie Gebr Lehmann, Berlin (2013); Spaceship Unbound, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013); Back to the Future, Breese Little, London (2012); Wit, Fear & Sarcasm, FAS Contemporary, London (2011); and Rowena Hughes, Eddie Peake, Jean Charles de Quillacq, Rod Barton, London (2010).

Awards include AHRC Studentship Award for her MFA at the Slade (2011).

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