Shara Hughes: Carving out Fresh Options

Shara Hughes: Carving out Fresh Options
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On View May 18, 2018 - May 01, 2019

In partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, deCordova is pleased to present Carving out Fresh Options, a large-scale mural by acclaimed painter Shara Hughes on the Greenway Wall in downtown Boston. The project marks the sixth temporary installation to activate Boston’s Dewey Square Park, located across from South Station.

The mural is based on Hughes’ diptych Carving out Fresh Options (2018), which is on view in deCordova’s Fourth Floor Hallway until March 10, 2019. This imaginary landscape plunges viewers into boldly colored, hallucinatory spaces. Sweeping trails of paint frame views of a dramatic waterfall, carved rock formations, and a winding river. Hughes uses varied painting techniques, including staining and airbrush, to create ecstatic interpretations of the natural world. She hopes that viewers realize these scenes are purely fictional terrains once they try to piece together the different ecologies, land formations, and unnatural color combinations.

Once translated to the outdoor facade by professionally-trained muralists, the swirling pleasures of Hughes’ work radiate at a monumental scale. The steeply receding perspectives and curvilinear passages of the fantastic terrain contrast with the urban geometries of the surrounding architecture and roadways. Hughes’ work brings to downtown Boston a catalytic combination of art and nature, an outlook that resonates with deCordova’s central mission.

For more information, see The Greenway's press release or visit the website.

Shara Hughes (b. 1981, Atlanta, Georgia) earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 2004, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including at Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York; Grieder Contemporary, Küsnacht, Switzerland; and MASS MoCA, North Adams. Hughes was also featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Conversation with Shara Hughes

Thursday, May 24, 12–1pm
Join artist Shara Hughes in conversation with deCordova Curator Sarah Montross and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy's Public Art Curator Lucas Cowan to celebrate her large-scale mural on the Greenway Wall in downtown Boston. Her painting, Carving out Fresh Options (2018), the basis for the mural, is on view in deCordova’s Fourth Floor Hallway.