Egress: Candace Hicks
Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 7-10pm
Exhibition: June 9 - July 8, 2017
Hours: Saturdays, 12-5pm or by appointment
Egress offers a mystery for gallery goers to solve. Based on the locked room subgenre of the detective novel, the crime is sealed from the inside, and it is seemingly impossible for the criminal to evade detection either entering or leaving the crime scene. The viewer takes on the role of detective, reader, and perhaps more sinister characters. Rather than solve a murder, the visitor pieces together the clues to complete the artwork. Egress presents a conundrum that hinges on the history of the pursuit of perpetual motion, itself a kind of locked room mystery. While looking for clues, viewers explore this unique history of failed inventions and attempt to defy the laws of nature. Both perpetual motion and locked room mysteries require the realization of an act defined as impossible. Locked room mysteries involve the perpetration of impossible crimes, and perpetual motion demands the perpetuation of a machine without expending energy. In each scenario the unbelievable is revealed to be merely an artful trick.
Candace Hicks started collecting coincidences when she read two books in a row that both included the phrase “antique dental instrument.” While that was not the first coincidence she ever noticed in her reading, that singular instance convinced her to keep a record. As it turned out, “antique dental instrument” has not held any special meaning in her life or art. Neither have any of the coincidental phrases that followed, such as “stuffed mountain lion” or “black currant lozenge,” but the act of noticing them became the lens through which she filters the world. Candace resides in her native state of Texas where she is the Coordinator of Foundations at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2009 she earned a Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking from Texas Christian University. Her artist’s books are in collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and many university special collections including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. She has exhibited her books and installations throughout Texas, California, and New York, as well as in Beijing, Barcelona, and Cordoba.