Peter Hutchinson: The Early Works, 1968-1972
9 September - 15 October 2005
Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce a survey show of early work by Peter Hutchinson, well-known narrative and conceptual artist, opening Friday, September 9. On exhibit will be photo-works and sketchbooks, as well as drawings and other
ephemera dating from 1968 –1972.
The end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies mark the period when Peter Hutchinson embarked on his extensive explorations of the landscape that, from then on, became his life-long pursuit. During those early years, Hutchinson traveled to the American West, to Mexico, to the Caribbean, and, staying closer to home, created work around New York, New Jersey and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The well known ocean projects in the sea off Tobago Island, the mold project on the edge of the Paricutin Volcano in Mexico, in his native England and the mold sculptures created in the studio all date from this time.
Born in England in 1930, Hutchinson first came to the United States in 1953 as a student, moving to New York in 1961. By 1968 Hutchinson had befriended fellow artists such as Bill Beckley, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim and Robert Smithson, the latter two of particular influence, and close friends. With his extensive knowledge of landscape and horticulture, Hutchinson created “narrative” art works, combining his usually handwritten, witty and poetic texts with photographic images.
Hutchinson first exhibited in solo shows with the John Gibson gallery in 1969 and 1970, the Museum of Modern Art’s project series in 1970, and Gallery Fenna de Vries in Rotterdam and Galerie Rene Block in 1972. Group exhibitions from that time include the Dwan Gallery, NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the “Information” show at MOMA and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.