After a temporary stay in the jail following my last attempt to cover a local event, I had entertained the thought of abandoning any critical exploits. It is however the dedication to a cause that one strives for as the prime motive in any professional endeavor and so thus, I dusted off my cravat, perched my floppy hat, high on my coffered quiff and set about rejoining the art world.
This week I would be covering the upcoming show by acclaimed artist Aidan Hughes, to be held at The Napa Gallery. Finding my self a little disorientated after so long locked up with the lower castes of our society, I felt my natural compass was somewhat askew. Oh, what conspiracy exists between cartographers and the mental heath experts when one is forced to embark on such a schizophrenic excursion as exists in the lesser district? Walking up endless labyrinthine alleys and round corners of reflex angle I was stuck by the greatest surprise to find myself sauntering through the automatic doors of the “Happy land” travel agency.
Once inside I found several pamphlets outlining the stylistic changes Aidan has traversed though out his career. From his Egyptian landscapes he focus’ on capturing known icons in a new and interesting light through their perception as travel destinations, To his groundbreaking series on south east Asia, featuring an in depth profile of this region’s commercial perception and every day reality.
Sitting down with the curator I was able to peer into the mind capable of putting together a show of such magnitude, and found that she had embraced a trait that so many in their position do; total emersion. So much was her distinct belief that she was in fact the employee of an actual travel agency that she even preformed a typical booking and purchase procedure, providing me with charmingly authentic looking boarding passes and itinerary.
So here I sit on a pebbly beech in Croatia, raining my typical thunderous wisdom in praise of the whole experience offered by Aidan Hughes and his soon to be hit new exhibition “Happy land”.
Editors note: Rudyard Sneem has been missing since faxing this document last month. Local police have been alerted and we appreciate any information on his whereabouts to be forwarded to the magazine offices. Aidan Hughes’ actual work can bee seen at the new Napa Gallery, Prokopská 8, Malá Strana as well as on his website www.bruteprop.com.