January 26th, 2011
John Hitchcock is a printmaker who, through a mix of methods, addresses militarism and aggressiveness, nature, life, and death in his work. His images often blend and juxtapose animal forms with images of military equipment, both are which are elements of his childhood. Growing up in Lawton, Oklahoma, he lived in an area with a large population of plains wildlife and also happened to have North America’s largest field artillery base. His images contain many personal references and symbolism, but he also presents them in a way that can be understood universally.
His installation “Epicenter” features his imagery arranged in both on the walls and on the floor. The predominant color of the work is black, and accented by black flags with his animal skull images. Most of the pieces are arranged into geometric patterns, with others being scattered more or less at random on the floor. ”Epicenter” will be shown several times over the next few months all across the country, with one exhibit already open now.
Openings for “Epicenter”:
1/18 – 2/12University of Texas, Arlington Reception on Friday, Jan. 28 from 6-8:30pm Artist talk on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 12:30pm
1/19 – 2/10Herron School of Art, Indianapolis Marsh Gallery
2/3 – 3/20Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL Reception Thursday, March 3.
2/16 – 3/25Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Jack Olson Gallery Opening reception Feb. 15 at 4:30pm
In other developments Nathaniel Stern, who I published an article about last December, is showing his interactive video installation “Mind the Gap” at Winona State University in Rochester, Minnesota. Using body tracking technology, “Mind the Gap” senses the viewer’s movement and activates speech and sound elements according to their motion. The installation opened on January 14th and runs through February 2nd in the Paul Watkins Gallery.