For his solo exhibition at YYZ, Daniel Hutchinson has produced a series of site-sensitive paintings with coloured fluorescent light components under the title Paintings for Electric Light.
Seeking contingency rather than autonomy and emphasizing the primacy of perceptual experience, these pictures are produced considering carefully composed external relations–the gallery’s architecture and the relative positions of pictures and lights–and the moving spectator who perceives new conditions at every spatial location. The internal compositions of the paintings are geometric patterns that draw formal cues from the light fixtures, as well as the shapes of the supports, and the shapes of the cast light or shadows inside and outside of the picture plane.
These paintings for electric light continue the artist’s interest in the métier of painting, the tradition of the monochrome, and the interactivity of retinal opticality, but depart from the critical relationship to pictorialism his paintings have always maintained. Representing a completely new approach to painting for the artist, these works embrace the necessity of total non-objective abstraction and sculptural relationships.
DANIEL HUTCHINSON is a visual artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver in 2004 and his MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax in 2008. He has exhibited across Canada, in the U.S., Australia and Sweden. In 2009 he received Honourable Mention for the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Contemporary Visual Art and was twice named a semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. In 2013, Hutchinson’s work will appear in The Painting Project, a survey of contemporary Canadian painting curated by Louise Déry and Julie Bélisle and organized by L’Université du Québec à Montréal as well as the group show Imaging Disaster, at Museum London. Hutchinson is represented by Angell Gallery, Toronto.