Richard Hughes

Clichés make good art. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure“ is a perfect case in point. As any MFA student knows, sifting through the forgotten byproducts of urban life can provide a gold mine of unusual materials—but Dumpster diving alone does not an art practice make. From early Dada assemblage to David Hammons's masterfully simple recuperation of things found on the street, very few artists have successfully (and selectively) incorporated “garbage” into their work.

Richard Hughes is one such artist. Born in Birmingham, England, in 1974 and recently graduated from Goldsmiths College in London, Hughes has already produced a constellation of sculptural works that convincingly appropriate cast-off goods such as bicycle tires, dirty mattresses, torn posters, and plastic bottles (he either deploys found objects or skillfully recasts simulacra of the originals).

Hughes grew up in

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