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Director of College Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 13, 2012
Amy Hutcheson Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, “Shifting and Being,” by Amy Hutcheson. The exhibition is taking place Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, at the Main Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30, 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.
Hutcheson, who graduated with a BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2004, has shown in many coveted Memphis venues, such as Playhouse on the Square, Eclectic Eye, the Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Gallery, and Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.
“My paintings are as much about what I have left in them as they are about what I have taken away. Drawings are layered one on top of each other. Every time a new drawing is introduced to the surface, it changes the landscape of the entire piece,” explained in the artist in a statement. “Surfaces are then erased and recovered and color is added; not trying to define or describe the original subjects, but rather un-describe them, shifting and pushing them as far as I can. In doing this, new images, shapes and structures are brought to the surface. The images that come to the surface come from my memories, my subconscious or influences outside the original content of the painting—a puzzle with infinite and changing pieces and solutions.
“Each piece explores what is intimate, what is on display—what is cherished, what is abandoned,” continued Hutcheson. “Within pieces, each image unfurls then curls up with itself, folding and unfolding at the same time. And all this of a highly personal nature—what secrets are here are not confidential, but exposed. The spectator is given glimpses around corners, but it’s the corners that are in motion. You are motionless, held in place, a place safe, but inescapable—shifting and being all at the same time.”
Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 2.
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