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