Brian Lackey's Past Lives Exhibit at HMA

Over 20 years of artwork expressing Lackey's perpetual journey to reinvent himself.

Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) brings a compelling new exhibit and installation from photographer Brian Lackey entitled Past Lives, featuring guest curator and HMA Board of Trustees Co-Vice President, Kit Cannon.

Past Lives is Lackey's first exhibit of this kind, which includes works spanning over 20 years of his career, as well as music and film projections. The exhibition is an exploration of the artist's personal journey in life through a combination of photographic self-portraits, drawing book excerpts, and new found object installations.

Visitors will witness the artist's expression of his personal battle to constantly reinvent himself while letting go of past lives - a concept that many will recognize. The work inherently challenges the audience to not only examine the artist's life, but also their own. The imagery inspires thoughts of fear, confidence, torment, and pleasure while putting ego and identity into question. The work is bold in that it faces sexuality, religion, death and living, all head on.

The use of black-and-white photography tightly framed alongside decaying Type 55 Polaroids reflects moments in the artist's life that are beautiful and distinct, as well as moments of fear that must be left behind.

"Inside my time here, I've lived imaginary persons, animals, existential beings, holding no one sex or true identity that we, a human race, can identify. That is the gift of imagination. I believe we all escape in a form of this," says Lackey.

Past Lives will run May 6th through September 17th in the museum's first floor Shuford, Regal and Gifford Galleries. Admission to HMA is free and visitors may view the exhibit during normal museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10AM - 4PM and Sunday 1PM - 4PM.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.


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