‘I’m interested in glorifying the banal, everyday ephemera so that there’s a disparity between the worth of the object shown and the kind of attention imposed on it.’ Roland Hicks’ hyperrealist works examine overlooked items in our daily life including rubber bands, thumb tacks and pieces of tape. These items become an intriguing presence as he builds a tense relationship between figuration and abstraction. Working across several mediums including paintings, sculptures, and reliefs, his latest works examine stationary items turned into spontaneous sculptures, evidence of a minimal creative gesture. His works possess an inherit sense of absurdity as to why someone would assemble such a composition and it continues to question at what point does something become art.
Hicks starts each work with a photograph and it is the slow process of painting which becomes a way to reintroduce time and duration into his creative process. Some of the works clearly reference art history; the twisted ball of rubber bands in a sculpture like 'Allocate Me Guidance' (2011) carry echoes of Richard Deacon and the coloured paperclips possess strong sculptural lines similar to Anthony Caro’s work. Conversely, his 'Untitled' tape reliefs (2011) act as more of a straightforward mimesis adhering to the traditions of trompe l'oeil.
On first blush appearing real, it isn’t until the viewer subjects each work to almost forensic scrutiny that a sense of beauty begins to emerge. His conscientious works illuminate what the ordinary can become.
Roland Hicks was born in 1967. He lives and works in London.
Hicks will be presenting new work in a solo exhibition at Eleven from 27th February to 23rd March.