I recently came across the work of Dean Hughes in Art Review (April 2014), the article was a review of his work at the Maria Stenfors gallery in London and was written by Jennifer Thatcher.
The particular work I was drawn to appeared to be orange towels hung on a towel rail – domesticity. They were in fact dyed calico, hung over a re-constructed wooden canvas frame (or made to look like this). It held the language of painting and process within it, but seemed to shy away from the seriousness of painting.
A particular quote written by Thatcher caught my imagination ‘But Hughes’s works are not retro; they are not paeans to the kind of wholesome craftmaking that we like watching on TV. If they are nostalgic, it is for a time when objects and materials were valued, not threatening to overwhelm us; when terms like ‘activity’ and its cousin ‘hobby’ were commonplace, before we all got too busy and distracted’.
‘Windowless work’, 2013, wood, dyed calico and thread, 64 x 42 x 4.5 cm