Hutnick was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and received his B.A. in Painting and Art History from Providence College in Providence, RI. He has exhibited his work most recently at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn (two person exhibition with Jeanne Wilkinson), Rabbit Hole Projects, Brooklyn, the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, and the 2012 Governors Island Art Fair. Hutnick co-curated a group exhibition, “ONE AND DONE”, with Polly Shindler, at LaunchPad in Brooklyn, and has two upcoming curatorial projects, “Future Folk: Part I and II" at Brooklyn Fire Proof and LaunchPad, respectively. His work is featured in New American Paintings #99, as well as with Artists-Studios and Uprise Art. During the summer of 2013, Hutnick will be one of the artists in residence on Governors Island.
Statement from the Artist:
John Cage wrote that he “permits a work to occur.” In my work I am more and more interested in this phenomenon through an investigation with material and process as they relate to randomness and chance operations. Because of the thrill of discovery and the desire to see what will happen, I depend on the characteristics of the materials themselves and on the element of chance. I am interested in the relationship between work and play and the idea of failure as an intention.
My fascination with childhood games and playing led to my latest body of work composed of mixed media and discarded objects. Whether the debris comes from torn-up remnants of other works in my studio or actual trash, the objective is to give a personal value and humanizing attribute upon inanimate objects. The works are based upon mono-prints and physical challenges so that the work can take itself to unpredictable and humorous places. Most of the time it’s as if I am just tagging along. Using repetition as a means to depict a moment of suspension, transition and potential, I hope to facilitate a conversation about the role of chance and impermanence.