Bill Fick, visiting assistant of the practice of visual arts, recently (May 31 - August 7) exhibited an installation of 500+ linocuts and screen prints at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), Winston-Salem, NC. The installation titled CHAMBER OF CHILLS is part of the 12 x 12 artist salon series that features work by twelve North Carolina artists. The installation of six repeating prints covered the walls and floor of the gallery (the chamber). The images envelope and surround the viewer with Fick's ghoulish comic book characters, such as the werewolf, zombies, skulls and demons. This work highlights Fick's continued interest in sensational comics, lowbrow art and other forms of bold popular graphics. The title of the show is also the title of a horror comic published by Harvey Publications from 1951-1954.
According to the museum’s website:
"The twelve artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. At salon events, each artist will share ideas and processes of their studio practice in the midst of recent, new, or site-specific work presented in SECCA’s Preview Gallery. Each artist will discuss their experience first-hand, inviting the public to ask questions and to engage in conversation. Like a studio visit, these salon events are a social space for the discovery and discussion, providing invaluable feedback to artists and insights to those who come to experience them."