MANIFEST Millennium Court Arts Centre, William St, Portadown, Co Armagh Until May 31 048-38394483
Belfast-born Ronnie Hughes has been based close to Sligo town for some years now, though the work in Manifest, his exhibition at the Millennium Court Arts Centre, stems from two residencies elsewhere: at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut and the Vermont Studio Centre. He could be described as an abstract artist but not in a doctrinaire sense, because he has no objections to the world finding its way into his work on any number of levels. And leafy New England found its way in. Trees feature in several of the drawings made in the studios there. Yet Hughes does always abstract from nature, to produce engrossing, meditative compositions that evoke such diverse sources as geometrical and mathematical diagrams, star maps and schematic representations of subatomic particles or complex structures. Lest that sound heavy-duty, the work itself is not. There is something positively playful about Hughes’s approach that transforms the workaday into something charged with magical possibilities.
Red Plexus by Ronnie Hughes