Spotlight: Will Hutnick’s ‘Glitchy’ Paintings Investigate Gaps in Perception

An upcoming exhibition at Geary will showcase the artist's innovative paintings.

Will Hutnick, Shake the Sheets (2023). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

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What You Need to Know: Opening February 24, 2024, artist Will Hutnick will be the subject of the solo exhibition “SATELLITE” at Geary in Millerton, New York. Featuring a range of new and recent paintings, the exhibition highlights Hutnick’s experimental practice, with each work containing various techniques such as using plants, stencils, and rollers to create complex layers that, together, blur the boundary between the abstract and representational. On view through April 7, the show mirrors the malleability of our present reality, particularly regarding the tensions between the digital and corporeal worlds. Speaking of these gaps in perception and understanding, Hutnick said, “There is something inherently queer about these glitch-type spaces that seem to be filled with potential; they’re shape-shifting, constantly reinventing themselves, not tied to the present but rather circumnavigating both the past and present.”

About the Artist: Originally from Manhasset, New York, and currently based in Sharon, Connecticut, painter Will Hutnick (b. 1985) maintains a practice that defies easy categorization and is marked by consistent compositional experimentation and unexpectedness. Hutnick received his M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in 2011 and has been the subject of solo exhibitions across the Tristate area as well as participated in group exhibitions across the country. He was named an Artist Fellow in Painting by NYSCA and NYFA in 2021, and this year was the recipient of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Martha Boschen Porter Fund, grant. Alongside his practice, he is also the director of artistic programming at the nonprofit organization Wassaic Project—which fosters social change through art and art education.

Why We Like It: Each of Hutnick’s paintings invite prolonged looking; repeating, at times seemingly roiling, patterns, the occasional recognizable shapes, and collage-like compositions create an effect that makes the work simultaneously familiar and foreign. Utilizing flora and fauna, found from his everyday environment, and employing them as both medium and tool in his work, contributes a conceptual as well as formal sense of immediacy—referencing a real and specific space while also referencing an abstract space found through the flatness of the painting. Despite working in an edge-to-edge manner, the overlapping shapes and patterns do not compete, instead, all the parts are distinctly balanced, harkening back to the name and theme of the show, “Satellites,” gently orbiting one another. Evoking questions and considerations around contemporary life and the integration of digital and alternate reality possibilities, Hutnick’s work offers a contemplative space to reconsider some of basic tenets of existence.

See featured works below.

Will Hutnick, Spooky Action #1 and #2 (2024). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick, Weather Patterns (2024). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick, Unknown Pleasures in a Blood Red Summer (2024). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick, Sun Dogs (2024). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick, Hideaway (2023). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick, Hideaway (2023). Courtesy of Geary, Millerton, New York.

Will Hutnick: Satellite” is on view at Geary, Millerton, NY, February 24–April 7, 2024.

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