Byrdcliffe Forum Artist Talk Woodstock Masters: Heather Hutchison Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Heather Hutchison will be interviewed by critic and writer Eleanor Heartney. The approximately 50-minute talk will take place on Zoom and will conclude with a brief Q&A with the audience. The event was organized by Holly George-Warren and Douglas I. Sheer. Please note that you will have to register for a Zoom account if you don't already have one. Details below:
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Heather Hutchison, born 1964 in Philomath, OR, was raised between the high desert of Bisbee, AZ and the San Francisco Bay Area. For over twenty years, she has lived, worked and raised her family in Saugerties, NY. Hutchison is self taught, and has innovated methods and mediums, such as hand-building and bending forms out of Plexiglas, to facilitate her artistic process. Hutchison's work often incorporates ambient light as a primary material. She shares similar concerns with the Light and Space artists, spending decades observing and contemplating nature and the accelerating effect of climate change. Hutchison's works capture the essence of light in natural environments. Each piece is a direct inquiry into the perceptual experience of color, light, and shadow particular to a time of day and place. Hutchison emphasizes the horizontal world that surrounds us and finds solace in the ever present rhythms of nature.

Hutchison’s work is represented by Winston Wächter in NYC and Louis Stern Fine Art in Los Angeles and has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including the Brooklyn Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Smithsonian, the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as being included in the 44th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. She has exhibited in dozens of solo exhibitions over three decades. Several public collections hold her work including the 
Brooklyn Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Hutchison has received grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYFA, and Anonymous Was A Woman.

Eleanor Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for many publications. Her books include Critical Condition: American Culture at the CrossroadsPostmodernismDefending Complexity: Art Politics and the New World Order, Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary ArtArt and Today and Doomsday Dreams: the Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, and The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium.  She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association.

Heather Hutchison Narrates Walkthrough of Mid Air @ Winston Wächter New York

Opening in late February, 2020 the exhibition, "Heather Hutchison: Mid Air" at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Manhattan has been temporarily closed due to Covid-19. The artist takes us on a narrated tour of the exhibition with time-lapse videos of the kinetic works.

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2/20/2020-3/28/2020 in Chelsea "Heather Hutchison: Mid Air"

Winston Wächter Fine Art, 530 W 25th St, New York, NY 
Heather Hutchison
Mid Air
February 20th – March 28th, 2020
Opening Reception with the artist Thursday, February 20th, 6-8pm
Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York is excited to announce Mid Air, an exhibition of new work by Heather Hutchison. These luminous abstract paintings meditate on light, air, and natural phenomena in our changing world and climate.
Hutchison continues to work on reclaimed Plexiglas mounted to birch plywood box frames. In her new series, she moves away from painting with beeswax to explore a more translucent acrylic medium that allows light and color to resonate within the paintings in new and exciting ways. Through succinct bands of horizontal color that slice across the picture plane, Hutchison evokes the shifting hues of the sky. As the light in the room
changes or the viewer moves around the pieces, the tones themselves shift. These works embrace the relative nature of color amid subtle changes of light.
This poetic series evokes landscape and horizon lines, as Hutchison draws from her childhood in Arizona and California, where both the desert and the sea offer long stretches of uninterrupted horizon. She recalls the stunning effects of light on polluted skies in the 1960s and 70s. More recently, Hutchison has been studying the low-lying fog in her area and images in the news of skies lit by wildfires. With bands of green, red, and black, Deforestation conjures a forest of trees that is burning and choking the air with smoke. Camp Fire similarly resembles a dazzling atmospheric display of an entire horizon in flames. Others, such as Rising Tide and Stratocumulus are cooler, with bands of blues, grays, and whites in varying opacities. Through her expressive titles, Hutchison’s studies of light and air elicit questions about the climate crisis and the role of human intervention in creating a new, disaster-centric natural world.
The light itself as depicted in these works is beautiful and sublime, but the knowledge of why it exists at all provokes distress and fear for the future. Hutchison allows space for this tension and shows us that both realities are valid. We can admire the mystery and beauty of brilliant light displays in the sky, while at the same time acknowledge our responsibility to the earth and environment.
Heather Hutchison was born in Corvallis, OR, in 1964. She was raised between coastal Oregon, Marin County and the southern border in Bisbee, Arizona. Her self-directed studies as an artist brought her from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City in 1986. She currently works and resides in upstate New York. Hutchison has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including those at the Brooklyn Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Smithsonian, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and the 44th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Her work is held in several public collections including the Brookyn Museum, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Hutchison’s works have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artnews, and Art in America, among others.
For further information, please contact Amanda Snyder at or 212-255-2718