James N Hutchinson: Untitled
27 September 2019 – 19 January 2020
Free, Donations Welcome
With Jess Carnegie, Marguerite Carson, Richard Dadd, Albrecht Dürer, Sarah Forrest, Noel Griffin, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Helen McCrorie, Joan Moore, Marcantonio Raimondi, Scott Rogers and Harry Thubron.
Untitled is an exhibition by artist and curator James N Hutchinson that challenges the traditional form of the solo show. Featuring new and recent drawings based on, or directly representing, the work of other artists, the exhibition suggests that an artist's practice is best examined as a complex set of entanglements with art history and contemporary peer networks.
Untitled also deals with ideas of authenticity by presenting replicas, copies and forgeries that have been selected, commissioned or directly created by Hutchinson. This includes a new set of drawings by Hutchinson that copy photographs of work by other, often well-known, artists such as Giorgio Morandi, Michelangelo Pistoletto or Marcel Duchamp. Hutchinson's drawings are presented within a nexus of works by other contemporary artists, historical works and archive material. Using curatorial – as well as artistic – strategies, this complex display considers unseen narratives behind, and unintended relations between various artworks, complicating a linear and artist-centric view of art history.
In The Tetley's atrium Hutchinson presents The Manenberg Tornado, 2018; a set of 24 detailed drawings based on amateur botanical paintings by Margaret Stewart. For Hutchinson, these works are a way to consider how artworks grant or deny access to particular narratives, and how other methodologies can be incorporated into art practice to generate wider networks of meaning. A display of archive material relating to Harry Thubron (1915 - 1985) a renowned Leeds educator is also presented as an invitation to reflect back on the exhibition.
Untitled at The Tetley runs concurrently with Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. Hutchinson exhibited a video shot in Leeds Art Gallery in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2001, following his graduation from Leeds Metropolitan University.
With thanks to Leeds Museums and Galleries, the National Arts Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Whitworth, University of Manchester.
The Tetley is thrilled to offer two free artist led tours of Untitled. Visitors will learn of the inspiration behind the exhibition, gain deeper understanding of the processes bringing the show together and have chance to be involved with in-depth discussions of the works directly with Hutchinson himself.
To reserve your free place, book here.
James N Hutchinson, The Manenberg Tornado, 2018. Photo Jules Lister
James N Hutchinson, Untitled (installation shot). Photo Jules Liser. Courtesy Leeds Museums and Galleries and The Tetley
James N Hutchinson, One Drop of Water Contains as Much Electricity as Would Make a Thunderstorm, 2018-2019. Photo Jules Lister