Artist Hugo McCloud joins critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer for a conversation. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Nicole Wallace.
Born in Palo Alto California in 1980, Hugo McCloud is one of the most prolific young artists working today. Self-taught with a background in industrial design, McCloud’s practice is unrestricted by classical, academic tenets. Drawing inspiration from the rawness and decay of the urban landscape, McCloud creates rich, large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects by fusing unconventional industrial materials — tar, bitumen, aluminum sheeting and oxidized steel plates — with traditional pigment and woodblock printing techniques. His approach is instinctive and physical, often working on the floor, sanding, hammering and torching his materials until a total metamorphosis takes place. Hugo McCloud lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Tulum, Mexico.
Independent critic, curator and writer Lyle Rexer is the author of many books on outsider art and photography, including The Drawings of the Electric Pencil(2011);How to Look at Outsider Art(2005), and Jonathan Lerman: Drawings of a Boy with Autism(2002).In addition, Lyle Rexer has published hundreds of catalogue essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, among others. He has lectured at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern in Valencia, Spain. He teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at SVA.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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The author of WAASAMOWIN (IMP, 2019), a member of the Indigenous Kinship Collective, and Managing Director of The Poetry Project. Nicole was a June/July 2020 poetry micro-resident at Running Dog and a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Recent work can be read in print in Survivance: Indigenous Poesis Vol. IV Zine and online at Running Dog, A Perfect Vacuum, and LitHub. Originally from Gakaabikaang, located in Minnesota, Nicole is of mixed settler/European ancestry and is a descendent of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).
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