New York City-based artist Logan Hicks says he’s a “painter with a photographer’s spirit.” “Without photography my paintings wouldn’t exist,” Hicks adds. “It’s the pinnacle from which everything revolves.” His work is a combination of street art, stencil paintings and photography. For the PMM Art Projects pop-up exhibit “Love Never Saved Anything” Hicks will be displaying new, nautical-themed paintings that began as photographs. “The photos are 80 percent of the painting in terms of creative process,” Hicks explains. “For me, I like my paintings to be perceived as an alternative reality, so having realistic figures, lighting, renderings is important.” After photographing models underwater using a Canon 7D with a 10-22mm lens and an Ikelite underwater housing, Hicks deconstructed the images into multiple layers that were then cut out to make a stencil. The paintings were created by placing the stencils on canvas and using spray paint to fill in the empty spaces.
The pop-up exhibition, which opens tomorrow, March 7, at 6:30 pm, will be on display for two weeks at 154 Stanton Street, Lower East Side, New York City. It consists of paintings as well as photographic works by Hicks, including his “urban exploration” photos in which he captures subway tunnels and dilapidated buildings. In the photo gallery above, we’ve included some of Hicks’s new paintings, the process shots that they are based on and photographs from his urban exploration series.