Föenander Galleries presents Michael McHugh’s exhibition ‘Pacific Street’ 2021

In preparation for this exhibition, McHugh had initially planned a research trip to the Pacific Islands, in order to research plant forms first hand and investigate notions of the Pacific.

Unfortunately, the global pandemic prevented this trip and the artist adapted his vision – thinking more locally and personally about the concept of ‘Pacific’.

As it happens, McHugh lives on Pacific Street, and consequently spent much of his time in lockdown thinking and drawing in his own backyard. While observing the variety of plant forms on daily walks around his neighbourhood – exploring unique forms, colours and textures – the exhibition started to take shape.