E.K. Huckaby


E.K. Huckaby, Oxygen, 2010, Oil on panel, 25.5 x 25.5 x 1.25 inches

E. K. Huckaby: Department Of Dysiatrics
January 11 – February 9, 2013

Institute 193 presents a solo exhibition of paintings and assemblages by the Atlanta-based artist E.K. Huckaby. The “department of dysiatrics,” a phrase coined by the artist, refers to the treatment of mistakes. Every painting, 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.

This exhibition was presented in conjunction with the Atlanta gallery Poem 88.


E.K. Huckaby, Single Patient Room, 1987, Oil on panel, 26 x 26.75 x 1.5 inches

E.K. Huckaby, The Sighs of Hailstones, 2000, Oil on panel, 27.75 x 39.75 x 1.5 inches

E.K. Huckaby, Incense, 2000, Oil on panel, 26 x 48 x 3 inches

E.K. Huckaby, Darkroom, 1987, Oil on panel, 26.75 x 26.75 x 1.5 inches

E.K. Huckaby, Xinx (D.D. 1407), 2011, Oil on glass

Installation view

About the artist:

Born in 1957, Huckaby’s artistic career spans three decades. He has exhibited his paintings at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and his work is included in the collection of the High Museum of Art. In 2013, he was selected for the prestigious Working Artist Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.