E. K. Huckaby

Clayton State College

E. K. Huckaby is a young painter whose sometimes highly realistic and sometimes abstract works in oil present normal reality in an enigmatic and suggestive manner. He also makes assemblages that are satiric altars, often accompanied by terse poetic statements employing both post-Structural and anticlerical vocabularies. In the last two years he has become more and more prominent through large group exhibitions, and his recent show of new works (all from 1987) in a temporary gallery at Clayton State College in suburban Atlanta has consolidated his presence as an important and idiosyncratic voice in the area.

Huckaby’s works always have a very personal quality and an uneasy edge. His paintings on Masonite panels, all of moderate size, range from slick, highly varnished close-ups of gumball machines, laundromat dryers, and a 25 ¢-a-ride mechanical horse–ordinary machines often presenting the

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