Fayette County


Local painter showcased at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia will be hosting the works of local artist E.K. Huckaby in an exhibit called “Anhydjinnic Molassicism,” with an opening reception tonight between 7 and 9 pm.

Huckaby, a Brooks resident, said the exhibit will feature 60 of his new works completed over the past year. His works will occupy the main gallery with a presentation he described as “a bit idiosyncratic.”

Huckaby’s work was chosen to be featured by guest juror Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smook Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Sirmans commented that “E.K. Huckaby makes dark and delirious paintings layered with his own handmade varnishes and places within frames of his own making. At times a tad maudlin the pictures are nevertheless trafficking in time worn ideas of beauty and the painted image.”

Huckaby graduated with a BFA the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and currently lives and works in Brooks. The exhibit is described as highlighting “Working Artists” whose “practice demanded attention in this format,” according to Sirmans. “My charge was to think about ‘established visual artists to to support as fellows as of the ongoing Working Artist Project (WAP).’… they have each been practicing and honing their style for a while so that it is now a pliable language for them to move forward in an expansive way.”

The WAP program has helped provide Huckaby the opportunity to produce his art and have it showcased.

“This has been an extraordinary experience and an opportunity to enhance my themes and production. The project has also provided me with an excellent intern, Kaye Patton, and there has been a generous provision for materials from Binder’s Art Supply,” Huckaby said.

Asked to explain the title of the exhibit, Huckaby put it this way: “It means the slow, sweet study of unclean spirits. This is an elaborate way of describing the act of painting, which itself is an elaborate way of communicating, at least the way I do it.”

Attendees can expect to see the “Anhydjinnic Molassicism” exhibit in the main room, along with a larger presentation of “artists of Georgia along with educational programs and other cultural events,” Huckaby said, as well as a meet “a cross section of Atlanta area artists and art supporters and hear live music by Diana Obscura and Damon Young.”

The Museum’s announcement of the exhibit said “Huckaby is admired for his unusual techniques and use of media. His work is collected nationwide.”

Other works by Huckaby have been included in shows at the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

The exhibit is set to run from today until November 29.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is located at Address: 75 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Huckaby offered this invitation for his exhibit: “I welcome patrons kindly attending and hereby offer some caveats on the viewing experience: This exhibition should not be trusted when it claims to speak only to you and no other. Any piece that declares itself a passageway never before opened is suspect. Let no mere thing isolate you from your friends or resist questioning. These works cannot protect you from the unknown or deliver you to another world. Any wisdom implied you possessed upon entry. All appearances are to be interrogated and not allowed to exert undue influence. Yet, this exhibition is in essence about you.”

By Josh Akeman

Josh Akeman is the managing editor of the Fayette County News, Today in Peachtree City, and East Coweta Journal. He is a graduate of Fayette County High School and the University of Georgia.