STUDIO-f Comes to Life with Visiting Artist Sedrick Huckaby

Published: Feb 17, 2014
Sedrick Huckaby engages with an Art 101 class on his method for making monoprints.
Sedrick Huckaby engages with an Art 101 class on his method for making monoprints.
The creation of monoprints is a layered art, both in the concert of folks who collaborate in the process and in the evolution of the final images.

Much like in the development of film in the dark room, there exists an element of surprise as to the final outcome of what appears on the page.

“As we go along, I just adjust to it,” said Sedrick Huckaby, UT’s STUDIO-f visiting artist. “If I was a tight thinker, we’d be in trouble.”

The nationally acclaimed artist is on campus Feb. 10-21 creating monoprints through this visiting artist program.

An exhibition of paintings and a number of prints by Huckaby, including four 92” x 240” panels titled A Love of Supreme, Winter, Summer, Fall and Spring, will be on view until Feb. 22 at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. The STUDIO-f open studio and gallery reception will be Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., with an opportunity to meet the artist.

Huckaby began painting quilts as backdrops for portraits. Over time, he began to focus on the quilts alone as artful messengers, telling stories of family, ancestral legacy and also of spiritual concepts through draping folds and connected patches. His most recent works are typified by heavy layers of paint, an interplay of light and shadow and a sense of soft texture that defies the hardness of the thick oil on canvas.

For Dylan Berry ’14, who will graduate this year with a degree in sculpture, working alongside a professional artist helps him realize his career possibilities and adds depth to his studies.

“I haven’t done screen printing on this large a scale, so it’s really eye-opening to watch,” said Berry. “It’s interesting to see how he applies his painting to the screen printing, as I’m used to a very pixelated image. It’s very different from my method and very cool.”

Huckaby was born in 1975 in Fort Worth, TX. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, and is the winner of numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine arts, Boston and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC. Huckaby teaches at the University of Texas, Arlington.

For more information, go to http://studiof.utarts.com or contact Dorothy Cowden, gallery director, at dcowden@ut.edu or (813) 253-6217.