David Hicks: Seed
My approach is more a loose conversation with natural form; one that addresses my interpretations of growth, irregularity and the movements of nature.
Seed is an exhibition of ceramics and drawings by David Hicks and is his first solo exhibition with the gallery. This body of work is closely connected to the landscape surrounding Hicks’ studio and home in Central San Joaquin Valley, a largely agricultural area in California. The artist writes,
David Hicks’ multifaceted terracotta works ‘grow’ up and around the space in which they are installed. In some, dozens of unique elements are assembled into a steel armature that acts as a wall-mounted frame, or as a freestanding branch-and-root system on which the ceramic objects appear as a kind of fruit. Dionysian ‘Offerings’ take the artist’s maximalist approach to an extreme, depicting heaping plates of vegetal forms doused in thick glazes, often captured in mid-drip.