E.K. Huckaby: Department of Dysiatrics

Oxygen / Oil on panel / 26 x 26 in / Image courtesy of Poem 88

E.K. Huckaby: Department of Dysiatrics

January 11—February 9, 2013

Opening reception: January 12, 6-9 PM

Institute 193 is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings and assemblages by the Atlanta-based artist E.K. Huckaby. The “department of dysiatrics” is a phrase coined by the artist that refers to the treatment of mistakes. Every paintings, drawing, and sculpture by the artist is labeled with a Dept. tag and sequentially numbered.

Huckaby’s paintings and assemblages depict haunting imagery gleaned from out-of-print textbooks, anatomy manuals, found photographs, and other sources. He is able to translate simple, often antiquated subject matter into compositions imbued with mystery, humor, and a macabre mysticism.

A modern day alchemist, Huckaby concocts his own paints, pigments, and glazes. His careful control over the technical details of his work allows him to amplify the subjective qualities of an image; his pieces are permeated with a sense of the uncanny.

Born in 1957, Huckaby’s artistic career spans three decades. His work is included in the collections of the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. Presented in conjunction with the  Atlanta gallery Poem 88, this will be his first exhibition in Kentucky.

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