July 5-28. Fridays through Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m. Classical
music, like fine art, is a deeply personal and intimate arrangement of
ideas, which, once expressed, take on a life of their own in the
imaginations of their audience. Contemporary artist and sometime concert
cellist Will Hutnick, whose latest
exhibition, Applause Between Movements, opens on July 5th at Standard
Space Gallery in Sharon, knows this as well as anyone.
Between Movements is comprised of abstract works on paper and collaged
paintings that pair rubbings of familiar yet elusive objects with bold,
brightly colored patterns. Hutnick's approach to abstraction and
navigation of space in his work is an informal, organic one - but is
ultimately aimed at connecting at a deeper level with the audience.
work can often be reduced to a lot of formal considerations," Hutnick
says. "Elements like the rubbings take it a step back toward
arrangement of 'patterns and passages' creates a sense of dynamism and
movement. Elements butt against one another like puzzle pieces -
and negative, here or there, behind or in front. The slippage this
evokes, and confusion it can create, is central to his message about
self and identity. And the vibrancy of the patterns and those underlying
tensions reflect the artist's internal struggle
for acceptance as a queer artist and as a human being.
"In my art,
there aren't a lot of systems that are sound," Hutnick says. "But having
an x or y axis gives both me and my work a place to exist."
runs the residency program at the Wassaic Project, mostly works on the
floor of his studio, which is covered in a color-flecked foam padding
that both conjures his art and informs it. As Hutnick explains, his
immediate surroundings have always provided rich context for his work.
More and more, since he moved to Wassaic, NY in 2015, people have been
seeing traces of the local landscape in his pieces.
And at Standard Space, this dynamic, multitalented young artist, an
important figure in the area's burgeoning contemporary art scene, is a
natural fit, and he's excited to work with another of the area's
important contemporary art touchstones.