It's been more than a decade since St. Louis-based printmaker Tom Huck's hometown of Potosi, Missouri (population: 3,000) featured prominently in his work.
Huck's 1998 suite of large-scale woodcuts, 2 Weeks in August: Rural Absurdities explored local legends and folktales of the region. His new suite of smaller linoleum prints, produced over the last 2 1/2 years, is called The Hillbilly Kama Sutra and features Huck's trademark social satire. Huck sums up the works, with his tongue in cheek: "hillbillies having horrible sex, in horrible situations, with horrible outcomes."
Hillbilly: a person from a backwoods area. Kamasutra: (Hinduism) an ancient Sanskrit text giving rules for sensuous and sensual pleasure and love and marriage in accordance with Hindu law. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Here, Tom Huck walks us through the gallery at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. He talks about inspirations like satirical comic-book artist R. Crumb, and early printmaker Hans Holbein.
May 4 - June 30, 2012
Tom Huck: The Hillbilly Kama Sutra
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
2004 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri