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Shara Hughes, We Windy, 2015, oil, acrylic, Flashe paint, and enamel on canvas, 68 × 60".

Shara Hughes

Marlborough Contemporary | New York

Shara Hughes, We Windy, 2015, oil, acrylic, Flashe paint, and enamel on canvas, 68 × 60".

Art, drugs, dreams: The trifecta for seeing new things without going anywhere came together in Shara Hughes’s terrific show “Trips I’ve Never Been On.” Juggling various meanings of trip, the eight roughly five-foot-tall psychedelic landscapes on view (one was even called Mushroom Hunt) were crammed with color and textured vibrations, brought into high relief by various mixes and handlings of oil, acrylic, spray, enamel, caulk, and Flashe vinyl paint on canvas. I found it nearly impossible to fully describe any one painting: Objects became space and sensation mid-scene.

Along with Mushroom Hunt, 2015, several titles invoked the direct communion of vision and nature sought by American transcendentalism in the nineteenth century, as in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “transparent eyeball.” The trope of peering through an ocular opening onto the world has solid precedents in the Hudson River

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