ANGELL GALLERY is proud to present DELTA FLOWERS, a solo exhibition of recent work by Daniel Hutchinson. The show runs from June 2nd through July 8th, 2017, with an opening reception on Friday, June 2nd, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The field of painting has traditionally approached the subject of place by depicting the visual features of an environment. With Delta Flowers, a series of near-abstract frottage paintings imprinted with artefacts found around his Hamilton studio, Daniel Hutchinson proposes something different: artworks that embrace the indeterminacy of a place in flux. Rather than representing an environment in stasis, Hutchinson’s latest paintings are indeterminate and even volatile. From the actual imprints of matter and real things, the artist composes formal and discursive elements, creating zones of infinite possibility. As surprisingly unfixed pictures, these painting/printmaking hybrids are as unpredictable and irreducible as the features or characteristics that constitute the identity of the place where they’re made.
These works call attention to the relationships between representation and abstraction; process and intention; colour and non-colour; and minimalism and decorative ornamentation. Working with a medium exhausted by its own traditions and expansions, Hutchinson deprives painting of its legible picture, opting for a frottage technique (rubbing and scraping paint across canvas over textures) and drawing on his immediate surroundings for shape, colour and form. The light from studio windows, the topography of studio floorboards, the shape and line of botanical forms found in a nearby conservatory, and even textile patterns influence the deployment of abstraction.
Daniel Hutchinson studied painting at Emily Carr and NSCAD University. His has mounted solo shows at YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto) and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax), and was featured in the national survey The Painting Project at L’Université du Québec à Montréal, and More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant (Toronto). Accolades include the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Brucebo Foundation Residency (Sweden) and project grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The artist gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the City of Hamilton’s City Enrichment Fund in the production of this body of work.