Stephen Hutchings, Approach, 2010, oil and charcoal on canvas, Collection of Glenbow Museum, Anonymous Gift, 2012.

Stephen Hutchings: Landscapes for the End of Time

Steven Hutchings: Landscapes for the End of Time
January 18—March 10
Organized by the Glenbow Museum

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. with the artist, Stephen Hutchings

Musical Performance: Sunday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Quartet for the End of Time, by Olivier Messiaen, performed by members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Introduction by Stephen Hutchings.

This exhibition of immense landscape paintings by the Ottawa-based artist Stephen Hutchings is inspired by Quartet for the End of Time. The French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) created this piece of music with the Bible’s Book of Revelation in mind, while interned in a German prison camp during the Second World War. Whereas Messiaen’s musical composition literally accomplishes the end of time by separating rhythm from metre, Hutchings’ paintings do so by presenting landscapes that are severed from a connection to a particular time or place.

This exhibition acknowledges landscape as an active contemporary genre. It combines old-style photography with leading-edge computer design; it brings the huge scale of traditional history painting to the arena of landscape; it imbues the familiar with a sense of mystery and a heightened sense of consciousness; it shows how the objectifying power of technology, in this case the digital camera and the computer, can be subsumed by the subjective imperatives of mark-making and the human hand.

In the exhibition, Hutchings examines ideas of temporality, permanence and eternity. His evocative landscape paintings, resisting identification with any particular historical time or geographic place, hold their historical debts, contemporary explorations and timeless questions in one temporal moment: the present.

Stephen Hutchings: Landscapes for the End of Time has been organized and circulated by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.