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Virtual Tour | Heather Hutchison: Mid Air
February 20, 2020 - April 18, 2020
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.
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 Brooklyn 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.
Heather Hutchison: Mid Air
Courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art