Craig Hickman

April 2, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Ballerina
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

At Loggerheads
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Sticks and Stones
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Blue Sky Gallery
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

College of Hard Knocks
2013
archival inkjet print
14" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Complex Numbers
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Department of Archaelogy
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Force
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Gene Pool
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

ZZZ
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

No Firearms
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Love Nest
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Lovers' Lane
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Momentum
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8 X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Municipal Ambiguity Police
2013
archival inkjet print
19" X 12 5/8"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Entropy
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Grizzly Stories
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

I Like Your Style
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Cusp of Ambiguity
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Think Time Travel
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Shoe
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Beauty
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Protection
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Paradox of Pink
2013
archival inkjet print
19" X 12 5/8"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Planetarium
2013
archival inkjet print
14.75" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Museum of Art
2013
archival inkjet print

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Tomorrow's Dreams
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

For My Brother
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Verbs
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Sweet Ambition
2013
archival inkjet print
15" X 18.75"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Department of Journalism
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Kissing Booth
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

The Uncertainty Principle
2013
archival inkjet print
12 5/8" X 19"

image © Craig Hickman
$350

Craig Hickman

Oxide

From the ingenious mind of artist Craig Hickman comes the imaginary town of OXIDE, a place at once whimsical and poignant that can only be visited through Hickman’s color photographs. At first glance, some images may seem to portray a rather ordinary building or storefront, until closer inspection reveals that something is a bit off. In other pictures, bold signage advertising “verbs” or claiming “I like your style” will immediately indicate to viewers that this is not your typical community. Hickman creates each image as a composite, using both the camera and Photoshop to generate a scene that has never been seen before. No humans enter the frame; instead we see only the traces of their existence. The result is often humorous but not without the subtle edge of critique. Who are these people that live here? Could we be these people?

“OXIDE is a work of fiction. On it’s surface is a record of human actions, ideas, dreams and failures, modified by time and natural forces. You might think of it as the setting for a larger fictional work that hasn’t been written yet. You are welcome to write it. Let me know how it goes.”  – Craig Hickman (unreliable narrator)

Craig Hickman is a co-founder of Blue Sky and currently serves as professor in the Digital Arts Program at the University of Oregon. He is also the creator of Kid Pix, a computer drawing program for children. Hickman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. Hickman exhibited Portland Creative Community 1.0 at White Box in 2013, which included an extensive selection of reprinted black and white images documenting the city’s art scene from the 1960s onward. Recently, the artist self-published a monograph of OXIDE that will be available as part of Blue Sky’s Book Level membership program in 2014. This is Hickman’s sixth solo show at Blue Sky.

Join us for “A Night in OXIDE” on April 26, a celebration of Craig Hickman’s exhibition to raise funds for Blue Sky’s exhibition program. Ask at the Front Desk for details or visit http://www.blueskygallery.org/programs/oxide-event/.