The digital images of Hughes’ work, perfectly set in a stainless steel frame, appear to be still at first glance, without any motion. a closer inspection allows the viewer to experience the life, it’s flexibility and it’s transience. Particular elements of the whole composition move slightly like in a film while the other parts hold the appearance and structure of a photograph.
The complexity of the “Moving Images” is constantly under development. There is a variation in sizes and new configurations. While naked women and the setting of the background played an equal role in the first works of “Naked”, the nudity and the positioning of the women itself become the main focus of the image. At first, it was the sublimity of Renaissance paintings Hughes experienced whether in different museums or in hotel rooms during his travels all over the world, now it is the joy of experimentation of modern painters of the 20th century, such as Van Gogh or Klimt.
The work “Still Life”, which will be exhibited at Witzenhausen Gallery Amsterdam for the first time and is the beginning of a new series, is inspired by the sunflowers by Van Gogh. For over two weeks, Hughes positioned an arrangement of flowers with a special lightsetting in front of the camera -catching life, death and transformation.
The viewer has the impression of a digital still photograph, assuming not to be missing anything. Knowing Nisian Hughes, not paying attention and turning your back to the work means you miss something. Elements will have changed, like the moving eyes of paintings in cartoons which follow you wherever you go.
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