New work by Colorado-based artist Shawn Huckins (previously featured here). While initially appearing like digital alterations, Huckins’ latest series is actually made up of hand-painted erasure marks superimposed onto recreations from the White House Art Collection. Raising issues of history, and its potential obliteration, Huckins questions one’s ability to leave a lasting mark on the world anymore, especially in light of the current administration and the temptation to re-create reality with the click of a button or impromptu tweet. As he states:
“In an era where the internet makes everyone a publisher, and digital editing tools bestow the power to create realities out of pixels, The Erasures forces us to examine our assumptions regarding the longevity of individual influence and institutions, thus raising enormous questions concerning the fragility of legacy.”
See more images from “Fool’s Gold” below or on display at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco July 11 – September 8.