PAINTINGS > FOOL'S ERRAND

Fool's Errand (June 2020 at K Contemporary, Denver)

"He that deceives me once, it’s his fault; but if twice, it’s my fault.”

The Court and Character of King James by Anthony Weldon, 1651.

‘Fool’s Errand,’ focuses on our relationships with the past and how it effects our current state of the world and our place in it. Digging deep into what makes a society thrive, in addition to what makes a society collapse, 'Fool’s Errand’ features a collection of paintings challenging the idea of learning from previous mistakes and what happens when those lessons go unfulfilled.

Using Roman sculpture as a preemptive warning of a failed society and disembodied hands as a metaphor of current day manipulations of the past, Huckins recreates iconic 18th century American paintings to contrast our progression from the days of our nation’s birth to our increasingly chaotic society that could potentially be at a colossal tipping point. Are we immune to societal destruction and extinction?

As former White House Press Secretary, Bill Moyers, cautiously explains, "a democracy can die of too many lies. And we're getting close to that terminal moment unless we reverse the obsession with lies that are being fed around the country."

NOTE: All works are physical paintings, NOT digital and/or photoshopped images.

(George Washington)
oil + acrylic on canvas
38 x 30 inches (97 x 76 cm)
2020
(Samuel Verplanck)
oil + acrylic on canvas
34 x 28 in (86 x 66 cm)
2020
(Hand Study)
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches (30 x 41 cm)
2020
(George Washington)
oil + acrylic on canvas
26 x 22 in (66 x 56 cm)
2019
(Mrs. James Warren)
oil + acrylic on canvas
42 x 34 in (107 x 86 cm)
2019