August 18, 6:30 pm Barbara Rose in Conversation with Heather Hutchison

What: Art critic, art historian, and curator, Barbara Rose in conversation with artist Heather Hutchison, amidst the exhibition, “Heather Hutchison: In Praise Of Shadows”
When: Sunday August 18, 6:30 pm
Where: 11 Jane St. Art Center-Gallery South, 11 Jane Street, Saugerties, NY
Contact: Guest Curator of exhibition, Jen Dragon, 845-399-9751

Amidst the exhibition “Heather Hutchison: In Praise Of Shadows” @ 11 Jane St Art Center in Saugerties, world renowned art historian, art critic and curator Barbara Rose will discuss with artist Heather Hutchison her most recent works, which are somewhere between painting and sculpture and incorporate unconventional media. These minimalistic works are inspired by, and refer back to the ever-changing and fragile, yet sublime, state of the natural world. This new body of work represents a departure in media and methods for the artist, who for over 30 years, has utilized ambient light as her primary material, and is now amplifying that light with a combination of new translucent and reflective materials.

Barbara Rose is a curator and has published many works of art history and art criticism. Most recently the books which accompany the European museum exhibitions Rose curated, “Monochromes From Malevich To The Present”, and “Painting After Post Modernism Belgium-USA”. In 1967, Rose wrote the important work of art historical scholarship, “American Art Since 1900: A Critical History”, followed by, "The Golden Age of Dutch Painting" (1969); "Lee Krasner"(1983); and "Autocritique: Essays on Art and Anti-Art" (1989). Barbara Rose has published seminal pieces of art criticism, including: “Abstract Illusionism”, Artforum, October 1967; the essay “ABC Art”, in Art in America, where she described the fundamental characteristics of minimal art. The College Art Association of America awarded Rose the Distinguished Art Criticism Award in 1966 and 1969. Her accomplishments as editor, museum director, and producer of films about artists span decades. She currently contributes to The Brooklyn Rail, as well as other International publications.

A Saugerties resident for over 20 years, Heather Hutchison’s work is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Hutchison has had many solo gallery exhibitions and has been included in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Knoxville Museum of Art, as well as having been included in the 44th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 1995, where she first met Barbara Rose, who was on a review panel there. Hutchison has been a recipient of the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Artist grant (2019, 2011), the Pollock-Krasner award (2012) and a SOS Grant from NYFA (2009).Her work has been discussed in The New York Times, Artnews, Art in America, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and other fine publications and media.

11 Jane Street Art Center is a fully renovated artist-owned 19th Century brick warehouse dedicated to mid-career artists creating new work and works in progress, artist residencies, performances, exhibitions, community projects, lectures and classes. 

Chronogram Magazine 8/19

One could see Hutchison's past work as a 21st-century manifestation of the Luminous branch of the Hudson River School. Indeed she describes her work on view at 11 Jane as "luminous paintings" and most certainly shares a love of the light in our region with these 19th-century artists. However, with the work in this exhibition, Hutchison questions her previous "all-out search for LIGHT" (her caps), and she eschews the beeswax she has been using for many years "for all sorts of technical and environmental reasons." Although her work remains reductive, having always emerged from her observations of nature, lately she has come to a deeper realization that the prismatic epiphanies she seeks are dependent on an underlying darkness. This darkness has a physical dimension and also refers to the shadow self, which is the necessary background for inner light if it is to be found. Hutchison remains acutely aware of the changes that the constant play of light and dark has on her work as it is seen over time and has developed new materials that bring these changes to the fore. August 10-September 2

Eleanor Heartney Exhibition Essay: Heather Hutchison: In Praise Of Shadows through Sept. 2 @11 Jane St Art Center, Saugerties, NY

Eleanor Heartney- August 2019

For over thirty years, light has been Heather Hutchison’s subject and medium. Her works, which exist somewhere between painting and sculpture, use earth bound materials to conjure an intangible luminosity. Over the years she has employed a host of unconventional substances including wax, colored duct tape, plexiglass, paint, concrete and powdered graphite. These are layered, juxtaposed and manipulated within wooden boxes to create translucent bands of horizontal color that shift with changes in the ambient light or the viewer’s position.  The current works mark a departure, as she experiments with mirrors and an acrylic polymer medium to create the illusion of a light that emanates from somewhere inside the box.

Hutchison works within the lineage of artists like Donald Judd, Christopher Wilmarth and James Turrell. She shares with them a stripped down artistic vocabulary and a reliance on industrial materials. But while her works are minimalistic and apparently abstract, they are also rife with associations. These constructed paintings speak of sky, water, earth and air. Titles sometimes contain eco references. Included in this show, for instance are Rising Tide, Inversion and Camp Fire. These are reminders that some of the most ravishing visual effects we experience in the natural world today are rooted in our degradation of our environment. The beauty of fiery red sunsets glowing through toxic air, the hyper-real blues and greens of polluted lakes and the misty haze of ozone laden atmosphere evoked by these works comes at a price. Hutchison enfolds us in an intoxicating beauty but pierces the dream with unsettling allusions to our increasingly imperiled reality. News

SARASOTA, FLA.- Alfstad& Contemporary announces an exhibition of works by Heather Hutchison spanning the past decade. The exhibit, “Forever Changes,” opens February 8, 2018, and runs through March 10.  continue to link