Hugh Arnold: Agua Vida | St Barth
December 30, 2019 - January 15, 2020
Opening reception: Monday, December 30, 2019 @ 6-9 p.m.
Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a comprehensive exhibition of works by Hugh Arnold. It’s no mistake that Hugh Arnold’s photographs resemble classical paintings. Creatively, he draws from a compendium of sources: Michelangelo’s frescos, the Baroque compositions of Peter Paul Rubens, Rodin’s writhing bronze figures, and Gustave Dore’s ominous, symbolist creations. In examining his underwater series, it’s easy to forget that Arnold’s subjects are not angels in flight. Suspended in space, every gesture appears effortless. The way an arm flexes when it is reaching for something or the luxuriating arch of a woman’s back as she stretches. But, underwater, every motion is an act of resistance; Arnold’s actors push, caress, and careen. They fight and embrace. Each image, a mini-drama unto itself, the title revealing the narrative behind it.