The Saint Louis University Museum of Art will present an exhibition featuring the woodcuts of nationally renowned artist, Tom Huck. "Tom Huck: Brutal Truths" will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
|Possum Promenade by Tom Huck|
"Brutal Truths" will include more than 45 of Huck's large-scale, intricately complex woodcuts including work from several of his major series including "Two Weeks in August: 14 Rural Absurdities;" "The Bloody Bucket;" "BLAB!," and "The Transformation of Brandy Baghead."
In many of his prints, Huck finds his inspiration in incredibly bizarre, but true occurrences that happened in his boyhood home of Potosi, Mo., approximately 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.
While the stories are true, Huck uses his printmaking prowess to exaggerate the details and embellish the facts in his woodcuts that allow him to embrace his fervor for storytelling. The "Two Weeks in August: 14 Rural Absurdities" series took Huck three years to complete.
Huck's relationship with contemporary popular culture is complex. He is at once documenter, critic, and participant. At the age of 13, he became fascinated with the dark imagery incorporated in the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528), and immersed himself in the artist's work. His study of Dürer's work has been relentless and Huck cites him as one of his printmaking heroes, as well as José Guadalupe Posada (1851 - 1913).