Tue February 7 - Sat March 4, 2023

Shawn Huckins: If I'm Home, Find Me Here

Opening reception January 12, 6-8pm; On view January 13 - March 4, 2023, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5:30pm

MODERNISM is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition of contemporary American painter Shawn Huckins. The works in "If I'm Home, Find Me Here" employ modern fabrics painted over traditional American portraiture to explore questions surrounding what, how much, and how well we share and hide.

In these hand-painted recreations of historic works, fabrics are staged on a model in the studio, lit from the same direction and with the same temperature as the light source in the original painting, then drawn into the final composition. Bold, bright, and colorful fabrics cover all, or significant portions of the portrait. Viewers get few clues about the sitters, save an exposed hand, piece of jewelry, or beloved pet, all superficial details chosen to be revealed. Only in a painting's title do we learn the subject's identity, anything more that might be known about these people remains hidden beneath piles of cloth and clothing so ubiquitous it could be our own.

Regarding concealment, Huckins says, "We use cloth to conceal, but also to express, selectively, based on how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us. Of course, we don't express all facets of our identity, some things we hold near out of habit, nature, or fear of ridicule." "If I'm Home, Find Me Here" gives us the opportunity to question the security of our own concealments. What are we concealing from ourselves and others? What would it mean for the parts we conceal to be exposed? How would others react to our dirty laundry?


THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO AN OPENING RECEPTION ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12TH FROM 6:00-8:00PM

Free

Presented by MODERNISM INC..
Opening reception January 12, 6-8pm; On view January 13 - March 4, 2023, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5:30pm

MODERNISM is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition of contemporary American painter Shawn Huckins. The works in "If I'm Home, Find Me Here" employ modern fabrics painted over traditional American portraiture to explore questions surrounding what, how much, and how well we share and hide.

In these hand-painted recreations of historic works, fabrics are staged on a model in the studio, lit from the same direction and with the same temperature as the light source in the original painting, then drawn into the final composition. Bold, bright, and colorful fabrics cover all, or significant portions of the portrait. Viewers get few clues about the sitters, save an exposed hand, piece of jewelry, or beloved pet, all superficial details chosen to be revealed. Only in a painting's title do we learn the subject's identity, anything more that might be known about these people remains hidden beneath piles of cloth and clothing so ubiquitous it could be our own.

Regarding concealment, Huckins says, "We use cloth to conceal, but also to express, selectively, based on how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us. Of course, we don't express all facets of our identity, some things we hold near out of habit, nature, or fear of ridicule." "If I'm Home, Find Me Here" gives us the opportunity to question the security of our own concealments. What are we concealing from ourselves and others? What would it mean for the parts we conceal to be exposed? How would others react to our dirty laundry?


THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO AN OPENING RECEPTION ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12TH FROM 6:00-8:00PM

Free

Presented by MODERNISM INC..
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