Evan Hecox: Far
You know those artists you see and ask yourself "how could this get any better?" but somehow it does, this is Evan Hecox. This Friday, May 7, 2015, Hecox is set to premiere his newest body work titled Far at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York. Hocox's show depicts various cities such as, Denver, the Mojave Desert, Santa Fe, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Monster Children had Hecox expand on his concept behind Far:
My work from early on has always been inspired by places and how it feels to be in a new and interesting place, and the sights and sounds of a particular environment. That continues to be my main source of inspiration, although as I get older and my work evolves, the types of places that interest me have shifted a bit. The way I interpret things in my work has changed somewhat, too. The title of my new exhibition is Far—it’s the notion of being both far from home and also far from things that are too familiar and comfortable. Far is where you are when you’re on an adventure and experiencing things in a new way.
Traveling is very important to me because I think it’s the best way to get a new perspective on my life and feel more alive. It doesn’t necessarily have to be foreign travel, or getting on a plane— it can just be jumping in the car and driving somewhere new, which is a great experience, too. When I was younger my interest in travel was always about big, hectic cities, which still interests me, but I’m also very interested in remote, lonely places now too.
This new group of pieces seems like an odd mix, with images of the American desert mixed with urban references and images of Tokyo, but really it gets back to the idea of removing myself from my everyday experience one way or another. In some cases a place can still seem very complex and mysterious even if I’ve been there before, like Japan. I have some new work with images of Marfa, Texas, which shouldn’t seem that foreign but in a way it really does. Texas is like it’s own strange country and Marfa, being so remote and close to Mexico, has a mysterious energy about it as well.
The desert parts of California and New Mexico are also inspiring to me, and even though they are essentially more familiar they always seem really weird and unknown, like I can’t quite figure out what kind of people live there or what goes on in these dusty little towns. I think I get this from my parents a bit, because when I was a kid my parents used to love to drive out into the middle of New Mexico, to little towns like Galisteo or Shiprock, and we would just look around, stop and have a picnic sitting on a rock miles from anywhere, and get some strange looks from the locals.
EVAN HECOX: FAR
May 7 – June 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm
Joshua Liner Gallery
540 W 28th Street
New York, NY