Shawn Huckins is an American artist, b. 1984. View his website at www.shawnhuckins.com. The Erasures is a collection of historical paintings meticulously reproduced by hand, but instead of annotating the works with current texting acronyms and digital shorthand, the subjects are obscured by a hand-painted checkerboard pattern. Familiar to Adobe Photoshop users—web and graphic designers, advertisers and others who shape public opinion—the gray and white motif signies the software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. In an era where the internet makes everyone a publisher, and digital editing tools bestow the power to create realities out of pixels, e Erasures forces us to examine our assumptions regarding the longevity of individual inuence and institutions, thus raising enormous questions concerning the fragility of legacy. Follow Shawn on instagram @shawn_huckins.
Smut Still Life With Fruit And Canary (Nature’s Bounty, White House Art Collection Erasure No. 28)
Happily Never After (Spring In The Valley, White House Art Collection Erasure No. 11)
Two Birds, Seven Stones (John James Audubon, White House Art Collection Erasure No. 25)
Nothing Rhymes With Orange (George Washington, White House Art Collection Erasure No. 5)