Tuesday 3-6 pm, Wednesday 12-2 pm Thursday 10-1 pm
In the Shape That Chance and Wind Give the Clouds
October 9th through November 6th
Reception Wednesday, October 16 from 4:00-6:00
The Azarian McCullough Art Gallery at St. Thomas Aquinas College is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Will Hutnick titled In the Shape that Chance and Wind Give the Clouds. This body of work seeks to expand the field of abstract painting by developing new combinations of shape, color, and form as they leap from the picture plane onto the wall. Hutnick is known for immersive, complex and colorful abstract paintings that often push the boundaries of the picture plane and expand what we understand of the parameters of two-dimensional space. Although abstraction is a well-trodden path of expression, Hutnick discovers new directions and asks illuminating questions about how reactive and plastic the field of painting can be. In fact, the plasticity of the picture plane is an essential aspect of Hutnick’s practice, as his paintings reveal an enormous malleability of compounding and overlapping fields of space.
Hutnick’s work asks questions about impermanence, time, and place by conjuring up queer spaces that exist in-between perception, the real, and expectations. He works with personal, found, and discarded objects to act as stencils (and act as printmaking tools) because of their indexical nature and allusions to topography. There is a potentiality to queerness that Hutnick finds interesting. He says, “Queerness is always shifting and doesn’t seem to exist in the present or in its current iteration. Queer people consistently have to demand to occupy space, in one way, shape or another; the spaces that I create question and enable modes of navigation and communication to occur.” Camouflaged colors and fugitive, awkward shapes seem to reveal themselves on their own time without a prescribed normative trajectory. A hidden language or network of coordinates is ultimately - and simultaneously - revealed and obscured. By creating multiples and variations, Hutnick’s work explores how spaces - real, fantasy, queer - are constructed, assigned, and occupied, and how malleable they actually are.
Will Hutnick lives and works in Wassaic, NY in Dutchess County, and works as the Residency Director at the Wassaic Project, a non-profit organization that uses art and arts education to foster positive social change. Hutnick holds an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Providence College.