John Nicholas Hutchings
Nick Hutchings is a visual artist whose work seeks stillness. His art wrestles with the manifestation of prayerful revelation—whose last reverberations unfold and scatter like seeds from the tiniest places.
His formal art training began in Florence, Italy, at Lorenzo de Medici Institute of Art. In 2003 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Texas Tech University. In 2010 he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Washington University in St. Louis.
Hutchings is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Mount St. Mary’s University. His art has been featured in these galleries: Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in St. Louis, Xue Gallery, 500x Gallery in Dallas, Swanson Contemporary in Louisville, and Manifest Gallery in Columbus. He has exhibited at these non-profit organizations and schools: Mount St. Mary’s University, Delaplaine Arts Center, 849 Gallery at Kentucky College of Art and Design, and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College in Tacoma Park/Silver Springs.
He currently resides in New Oxford, PA.
It is through the fissure, the crack, where we encounter the Excess of Glory.
Alain Badiou and Alberto Toscano have written that “through the visibility of artifice, which is also the thinking of poetic thought, the poem surpasses in power what the sensible is capable of itself.” I aim to place the viewer in a position of conscious engagement with the artwork. Like writing a Haiku, I remove superfluous elements within the work to speak in a more succinct and powerful voice without sacrificing the poetic. This voice is a quiet interruption of the “noise” of daily life. This body of work is a synthesized perception, engraved of into the discourse of art, which allows the viewer’s perception to emerge and grants a conscious space for being present in relation to the artwork. This work aims to contextualize a space for an aesthetic experience that reflects the ephemerality of presence, yet leaves an indelible mark in the memory of one who experiences it.
Photo by Karla Cebalos