Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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George Afedzi Hughes
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15


Tribal art, historical events, commercial iconography, technology and personal experiences have been of great influence on current work. I am inspired by the drama and violence in society including the interaction between humanity and social systems.

In my performance art, I evoke through interdisciplinary media the humor and nature of our daily routines and obsessions. Ritual, audio-visual improvisations, dance, makeup, toys and color feature predominantly.

Through performance art, I raise questions concerning the significance of the irrational in relation to myths that govern our perceptual and cultural belief systems. These belief systems often determine how meaning is imputed in our everyday interaction with the environment and with fellow human beings.

By borrowing and remixing fragments of specific seemingly unrelated cultural objects and practices, I challenge our familiar perceptual models and codes of meaning and critique the validity of the generalization of cultural usefulness and interest.

I use mixed media in my paintings and installations, by combining acrylics, oils, latex, enamels, spray paint, photographs, found objects and other non-traditional materials. The two-dimensional works are layered with paint and imagery to create ambiguous pictorial space, broken up by imagery seemingly unrelated. Through the use of symbolism, signage, collage and representation, I engage the viewer in a perceptual debate.

My objective is to draw attention to the visceral relationships between seemingly unrelated objects; to increase the tension between comparative forms; and to blur distinctions between the familiar and the novel.

I am also interested in testing cultural boundaries by visually questioning the operation of the

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