Alan Emerson Hicks - January 2011

My artwork is influenced by our society and magic.  My sculptures use plastic discarded objects and American detritus to create objects that comment on what our society finds important.  I'm drawn to plastic material because of its weight and variety of color.  Plastic bottle caps and rings become colorful towers that reflect architecture, engineered structures and religious relics.  I use plastic clothes hangers to create figures and large geometric shapes.  Sometimes I use heat manipulation to alter the shapes of the plastic objects.  I want to impart in the viewer a sense of magic and wonder about the world around them.  The use of commonplace objects creates that sense.  I want the audience to view the plastic materials of their everyday lives anew.

"Purple Rain" performance Jan 8, 8pm.

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