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Timothy Hutchings

American, born 1974

© 2012 Timothy Hutchings

Gift Wrap Collage One, 2012

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper
54 x 40 inches (137.2 x 101.6 cm)
Pending Acquisition Funds, 2012

Up-and-coming artist Timothy Hutchings creates his witty, complex works of art on a foundation grounded in Minimalism and 1960s hipster kitsch reconsidered through technology. While he utilizes a diverse range of media into his work—from video to sculpture and drawing—he often deliberately turns to ephemeral materials, including cardboard and Styrofoam held together with tape and glue, to explore issues of permanence and the question: “Does it count as art simply because an artist made it?” Citing artists such as Ronald Jones (American, born 1952), Dennis Oppenheim (American, 1938–2011), Richard Artschwager (American, born 1923), and Gary Simmons (American, born 1964) as some of his influences, Hutchings employs art as a nonverbal way to tell jokes (sometimes funny, sometimes just plain clever), and his often convoluted sense of humor permeates his work.

Gift Wrap Collage One, 2012, hails from Hutchings’s “Gift Wrap Collages” series. Although the works in this series appear deceptively simple, they are the result of the artist’s detailed exploration of technology. To create these works, Hutchings handmade small collages out of gift wrap, then scanned them in order to enlarge the images, creating prints that he refers to as paintings. The final iterations of the images, which are completely devoid of the artist’s hand, find themselves within the sphere of the work of a growing group of artists whose practices are predominantly fixated on the reading of images within the confines of digital manipulation.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1974, Hutchings received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1998. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at MoMA PS1; the New Museum; Western Bridge, Seattle; Centro de Arte de Salamanca and Museo de Arte Contemporan, Spain; and Borusan Culture and Arts, Istanbul. Hutchings also received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and participated in the the Civitella Ranieri residency program in 2000. Aside from his work in the visual arts, Hutchings also describes himself as a “gaming engineer.” He created, and now manages, a Game Studies research project called “The Play Generated Map and Document Archive”—an online collection of “objects made during the course of game play, with a focus on RPG paperwork. This includes maps, character sheets, notes, sketches, homebrew rules, etc.”  Hutchings currently lives and works in New York City.