About the Artist
Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, New York where he is currently the Residency Director at Wassaic Project and a Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and received his B.A. from Providence College. Yaddo, Governors Island, Wassaic Project, and Vermont Studio Center are among the prestigious residency programs he has attended.
Hutnick is interested in flux, play, and impermanence which manifests in boldly colored abstract work that incorporates mixed media including remnants from previous paintings, installations, and drawings. The large-scale, collage-like results boast interrelated networks of solid and patterned surfaces that are at once exuberant and controlled. Hutnick’s work recalls contraptions, puzzles, games, and toys from his childhood (think MousetrapTM and MarbleworksTM) as well as topographical maps. There are passages that resemble day-glo camouflage, corrugated cardboard, graffiti, stencils, and monoprints, all adhering to their own
internal logic. At times the work seems archaeological, like fanciful cross-sections of rocks, trees stripped of their bark, or walls of chipped paint revealing wondrous hidden surfaces beneath -- each with their own profile, patterns, textures, and colors. Marvelously, these lush colors, interlocking shapes, and irrepressible patterns harmonize, allowing Hutnick’s varied surfaces to coalesce.
As a queer artist, Hutnick comments, “There is a potentiality to queerness that I find interesting: it’s always shifting and doesn’t seem to exist in the present...Queer people consistently have to demand to occupy space, in one way, shape or another. The spaces that I create question modes of navigation and communication. Camouflaged colors and fugitive, awkward shapes seem to reveal themselves in their own time without a prescribed normative trajectory - both revealed and obscured.”
The title of Hutnick’s exhibition, Somewhere in the Half Light, comes from Rostam Batmanglij's 2017 album Half-Light, featuring the song "Half-Light." An accomplished cellist as well as an artist, Hutnick is frequently influenced by music.