In Everyday Glory, Sedrick Huckaby continues his quest to aggrandize ordinary people. All the people in his paintings and drawings are from the neighborhood: family, friends, and regulars at the waffle house, barber shop, bar, and convenience store in the area around his Highland Hills community in Fort Worth. By grouping individual portraits in the installation, designed by Huckaby, the exhibition will mirror this sense of community.
At the core of the installation is a series of eight monumental expressionistic heads of Big Momma’s children. Huckaby widens his focus on the centering role of family (which he began in his 2008 exhibition, Big Momma’s House) from his maternal grandmother to her eight children.
In 2012, Huckaby embarked on a new series of portrait drawings, The 99 Percent Project, when he was invited to be a guest artist at the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia by its founder Allan Edmunds. Huckaby made drawings of 99 people in Highland Hills, with notations about the conversation topics that occurred while he was drawing. The 99 lithographs produced at Brandywine were based on the original drawings. Over 50 of these drawings will be interspersed with small paintings of family and friends, a veritable community of portraits.
Sedrick Huckaby is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. After earning a BFA at Boston University in 1997 and an MFA from Yale University in 1999, he returned home to Fort Worth. His paintings and drawings are included in the permanent collections of many museums.