The Freight + Volume Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting The Logic of the Mountains, an exhibition of collages, constructions, books, and film, by David Hutchinson completed over the past 50 years.
Notable works in this show include the photo collage titled The Logic of the Mountains which depicts the natural beauty of the great outdoors made from smaller images of grass, flowers water, and hills and mountains in the distance. Similarly, the piece Mid-Winter Blues depicts images of mountains and trees in the wintertime covered in snow. Photo collages with sunnier themes include Day Lillies which offers 20 variations of the flower presented in four rows of five photographs.
Also aesthetically pleasing is Birds of Paradise where photographs of different types of flowers fill approximately two thirds of the collage with the top part revealing a bright blue sky filled with pure white birds. Hutchinson’s appreciation of the beauty of nature is evident in his large body of work. He was born in England but has lived much of his life in the United States and has been an artist for just as long.
Hutchinson started out as a geometric painter and became more of a conceptual artist after meeting New York based minimalist artists Sol DeWitt and Tadaaki Kuwayama. However, Hutchinson’s took a more poetic and nature oriented approach emulating the styles of 18th and 19th century poets and painters such as John Constable, William Wordsworth, and William Blake.
At The Freight + Volume Gallery, 530 W. 24th St., through April 13th. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.