Craig Hickman: Mars Observations
8.5 x 11 inches
Pages: 64 Pages
Designer: Craig Hickman
Publisher: Art Gym, Marylhurst University (2001)
Craig Hickman’s Mars Observations project takes multiple forms: it is an artist’s book, a series of larger paired prints meant for wall hanging, and a book published in iterations. Whatever final form they take, the works in this project organize pictures and text in blocks and columns much like magazine spreads; yet while the straight-forward style of shooting and grouping of similar shapes and colors implies a catalogue or illustration, the text is decidedly harder to read. Using programs that substitute arrows for letters or symbols for words, he draws delight and interest from seemingly meaningless bodies of text. Hickman makes visual associations between text and image while simultaneously exploring the many patterns and codes of communication found in visual language.
Craig Hickman lives and works in Eugene, OR. His work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Arts Commission, and the George Eastman House.