Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Jeffrey Grove. Text by Richard Klein, Lucy Mensah.
Brooklyn-based painter Hugo McCloud (born 1980) makes large-scale works depicting resilient laborers and immigrants, as well as colorful abstractions. His figurative paintings often feature subjects from behind, or with their faces otherwise obscured from the viewer. Finding beauty in the everyday is central to McCloud’s vision: he regularly incorporates unconventional and overlooked industrial materials such as single-use plastic bags, black tar and sheets of aluminum, along with bronze panels treated with acid. McCloud’s ingenious approach to materiality is informed by a deep interest in social and political concerns, as evidenced by the keen focus on immigrant workers in his paintings. Over the past 15 years, McCloud’s art has evolved through a rigorous process of inventive experimentation, yielding a remarkable and unique oeuvre that is brought together for the first time in this stunning new survey.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Sean Kelly. Text by Isolde Brielmaier.
Brooklyn-based artist Hugo McCloud (born 1980) is one of the most prolific young talents working today. Self-taught with a background in industrial design, McCloud creates rich, large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects by fusing unconventional industrial materials—tar, bitumen, aluminum and steel plates—with traditional pigment and woodblock techniques.