16 April - 14 May 2011
Daniel Hutchinson and Cecilia Nygren
Bon Echo brings together the work of two artists for whom landscape is less a genre than a space to be performed, constructed, or navigated. Cecilia Nygren’s video, Tom, plays with the myth of a painter who disappears in the very landscape he paints. Nygren situates the video’s androgyne character in compositions that alternate between painterly and stark, natural and man-made. In his newest paintings, Daniel Hutchinson extends his investigation of performance architectures to include natural amphitheatres, such as rock formations and mountain valleys. His paintings are elaborate constructions that begin in Google Sketch-up, a computer program used to quickly diagram rectilinear space but is ill-suited for rendering organic forms. Consequently, in Hutchinson’s paintings, coniferous trees assume a sharp angularity that seem to echo the stylized, aspirational forms of Lawren Harris’s canonical Canadian paintings of the north.
Cecilia Nygren is a Stockholm-based artist. Her work was recently included in Almost Romantic, I-20 Gallery, New York, and Girls! Girls! Girls – Through the lens of the female gaze, La Centrale, Montreal. In the fall of 2010 she finished a one year long residency program at The Banff Centre, and is currently completing her MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. In her practice personal experiences and grand narratives are revisited and blurred. Her videos reflect upon the roles of images and the relationship between the picture and the depicted.
Daniel Hutchinson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute, and his MFA from NSCAD University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Sydney College of Art, Australia; the Power Plant, Toronto; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax. Hutchinson was a finalist for the 2009 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.