Following my critique of the recent works of Urs Fischer & Alex Israel, I am introducing a young artist who operates on the same wave: Patrick Hough. Born in 1989 in Galway, Ireland, having been raised in a small rural village where official historical narratives were continually intertwined with folk stories and religious myth. As written in Dis Magazine Patrick developed a long-term preoccupation with examining how history is constructed and represented in the present.
Archeology (from the greek ἀρχαιολογία , consisting of the words ἀρχαῖος , “ancient”, and λόγος , “discourse” or ” study “) is the science that studies human cultures and civilizations of the past, and their relationships with the surrounding environment, through collection, documentation and analysis of material traces they have left: architecture, artifacts, biological and human remains. An auxiliary science of history, in which suitable materials provide documentation for those periods that are not sufficiently illuminated by written sources.
How many objects could be superimposed on a colored background (Patrick Hough chooses green in “An Archeology of Cinema”)? Busts, vases, anthropomorphic sculptures, columns are presented in his works. But this kind of production could continue perpetually with ceramics, jewelry, papyrus, human remains, knives and swords. Simply by combining them with other background colors. Where is the next Jeff Koons? If you read my article you should try to produce this series, I will help you! Then you could also add various tools, such as the rotating platform of the video for “An Archeology of Cinema”, but the installation of object / background would be self-sufficient.
“An Archeology of Cinema” is currently on view at “Bloody English”, the group exhibition curated by Ariella for OHWOW gallery, LA. Or Royal College of Art, London in March. Graduated in 2013 at the Royal College of Art , London. Patrick Hough is a young talent who only had a single exhibition in 2011 ” Ouarzazate ” at the PhotoIreland Festival , Block T, Dublin. He had many group exhibitions : such as “Bloody English”, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, USA and “Hangwoman” : The Feminine Arrested , Schwartz Gallery, London, but Patrick’s production is definitely worth of another solo show.