Sunday, 21 June 2009

New Mexico Toilet



Samuel Hicks is a young photographer whose work has already appeared in Intersection, Wallpaper and The Sunday Times Magazine and has been selected for several awards notably The London Photographic Awards, Association of Photographers Awards and Creative Review Photography Annual. He has recently been selected by Archive Magazine as one of the Best 200 Advertising Photographers Worldwide, 2008.

On the Way, at the Crane Kalman Gallery in Brighton, is his first solo exhibition. The images 'are from three trips to the States over eighteen months, driving through Texas, New Mexico, California and Nevada. These trips were essentially quite loose; sometimes we knew we had to be at a specific place in a week's time, but how we got there and where we stopped was decided along the way, sometimes by looking at the map, or often asking someone what it was like there. I wanted to have a look around, see for myself...' Samuel Hicks, 2008

These words reminded Shedman of a passage in A Hut of One's Own by Ann Cline:
'The highway to Wim Wender's haunting, yet ever-so-familiar Paris, Texas is the road of modern longing: to be on some roads, but not on all roads. The pain we feel comes less from the choices we make than from those we cannot consummate, those we leave behind. Longing knows no privilege.' (Discuss!)

Samuel Hicks: On The Way runs from 4th June to 19th July 2009 at Crane Kalman Brighton, 38 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AL. For further information, please call 01273 697096 or visit www.cranekalmanbrighton.com.

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