STEPHEN HUTCHINGS EXHIBITION AT THE WAG INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN

A hauntingly beautiful exhibition of eight monumental paintings by artist Stephen Hutchings opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on May 10, continuing until August 5. The title, Landscapes for the End of Time, takes its name from Olivier Messiaen’s (1908-1992) Quartet for the End of Time. Messiaen created his score while interned at a German prison camp in 1940; he and other prisoners first performed it for their fellow captives on January 15, 1941.

Although not directly inspired by the score, Hutchings’ paintings consider the relationship between the life span of an individual and the idea of eternity. Although produced in 2010, this evocative series resists identification with any particular time or place. Combining historical artistic approaches with new digital technologies, Hutchings is able to create images that meld the past, present, and future into hybrid wholes.

“Hutchings’ works are striking,” says WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys. “Almost life-size, they loom over the viewer, physically and emotionally, creating an environment in the gallery that is at once beckoning, mysterious, and calm. They leave you with a feeling of anticipation -- that something is about to be discovered just around the bend, or beyond the trees in the clearing, or down the road.”

The exhibition is accompanied by two videos produced by Hutchings that address the issue of transformation. The music was composed by the artist’s son, Sebastian, an accomplished young composer whose work has been performed in new music festivals in Montreal, Banff, and Calgary. The exhibition is complemented by a 160-page catalogue carrying essays by freelance curator and critic, Petra Halkes; Vincent Varga, Director of the Mendel Art Gallery; and Mary Reid, Director/Curator of the University of Manitoba’s Gallery One One One and former WAG Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography.

Stephen Hutchings will be giving tours of his exhibition prior to performances by the Gryphon Trio, with one performance taking place within the exhibition space. See below.

Related Programs
May 9, 12:10pm at Art for Lunch • Artist talk • Included with Gallery admission.
May 10,  7pm • Stephen Hutchings will give a talk in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium prior to an 8pm performance by the Gryphon Trio
May 11, 6:30pm • Stephen Hutchings will give a talk within his exhibition prior to a 7:30performance by the Gryphon Trio, also in the exhibition space.
Admission to both concert and talk  each night is $25 for WAG members and $30 for non-members.
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Celebrating its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives. 

 

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