Visiting artist uses portraits for social comment

Visiting artist uses portraits for social comment

Visiting artist uses portraits for social comment
April 08
23:13 2015

Devin Dakota / Staff Photographer

The Print Research Institute of North Texas, or P.R.I.N.T., hosted a collaboration with Master Printer Brian Garner and invited artist Sedrick Huckaby. The collaboration included a series of lectures on Monday, an open house on Thursday in the Oak Street Hall Annex and a discussion on Friday.

While both artists continued working on their individual pieces, they assisted and advised UNT students in the art of printmaking.

During the open house, different parts of Huckaby’s in-progress self-portraits were displayed.

“We’re very privileged to have him,” professor and P.R.I.N.T. press director Lari Gibbons said.

Huckaby’s portrait was partially inspired by recent events covered by the media.

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A finished self-portrait of Huckaby is hung next unfinished portraits. The artist uses his and his family’s  portraits to assign new significance to their history. 

“I’m connecting a lot of things: the idea of war, the situations I’ve seen recently in the media involving African-American men and religion, all in that portrait,” Huckaby said.

The color palette is inspired by traditional civil war photographs. Huckaby adds pink hues in the later parts of his projects to create a print similar to those photos.

Huckaby has intricate plans for his portrait that would create a great deal of symbolism in the final print.

“I want the picture to have this moment of crossroads, a tension between Earthly battles and spiritual battles,” Huckaby said.

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Shades of paint in the watercolor series are displayed at the open house. Huckaby is currently teaching at the University of Texas – Arlington. 

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Professor and director of P.R.I.N.T. Press Lari Gibbons, left, and invited artist Sedrick Huckaby chat during the open house on Thursday in the Oak Street Hall Annex. Huckaby is inspired by his African-America roots.

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 Students stare at the aggresively rendered self-potraits of Huckaby. Huckaby was invited by P.R.I.N.T. to show his work last Thurdsay. Huckaby displayed completed works as well as others that demonstrated his process.

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Sedrick Huckaby’s sketches are hung on the wall inside the Oak Stree Hall Annex. Huckaby sketched both himself and his son, but decided to continue the project as only self-portraits.

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