by Kristen Boatright 02/06/14
You might say that Hugo McCloud is having his New York art moment. His debut show in the city, “Put in Place” at Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld’s Upper East Side gallery has garnered plenty of positive attention and press for the 34-year-old artist. “Put in Place” was presented to McCloud as a project space. His large-scale paintings were custom made to fit into the building’s ornate molding, creating a unique classic-contemporary juxtaposition.
A frequent traveler, McCloud is based in Brooklyn, having moved to New York five years ago from San Francisco to transition from a successful career in design. His background has shaped his focus as a painter.
“Wanting to introduce myself into the fine art world, I needed to find my own canvas,” says McCloud. “Being on construction sites for such a long time… you’re around these raw materials in bulk. I always found them to be more interesting than what they were actually used for.”
For the time being, his canvas is torched-down tarpaper, commonly used in the construction of roofs, that he uses as the bases for his colorful block prints. The material-based artist employs other industrial materials like bitumen, aluminum sheet and oxidized steel plates.
“I’m kind of revisiting the idea of beauty and how we look at it. I think anything at any given time in the right context can be found beautiful,” he says.
“Put in Place” is on view at Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 5A East 78th Street in Manhattan, through June 7.