Painting - Art Therapy - Digital Arts
As an artist, therapist and educator, Ron Hutt engages concepts of causality (past), synchronicity (present) and teleology (future) through the use of his theory and practice of Media Entanglement, which is at the core of Hutt's Digimorphism manifesto. He is an internationally active artist whose corporal and digital paintings, prints and on-line works are a highly innovative leveraging of the unique attributes of traditional and digital medium. Hutt's most recent works are based on the primary premise that the physical space in which an art object exists is engulfed by a globally connected digital world. They are both equally "real" and legitimate creative spaces for artists to explore and use as vehicles for shaping new experiences as well as cultural and personal meaning. Hutt holds graduate degrees in Arts Therapy (University of Louisville) and in Art and Technology (Art Institute of Chicago). Hutt is Associate Professor of Digital Art and Design at the University of Rhode Island and retains studios in the Sonoma Valley, California and Providence, Rhode Island.
Motivations - Intent - Concepts
The extreme acceleration of global social/cultural change presents an exciting challenge to the artist that strives to create meaningful symbolic orders that can reflect the divergent needs and interest of individuals and self sorting groups all under the pressure of powerful collective systems as they respond to shifting opportunities, consequences and crises. The iconic signs and symbols of my artistic practice function as visual markers of the relationships between technology, art and society with a focus on deterministic trends, power relationships and media representations. From a teleological worldview, the future has an infinite number of options that alternate between Utopian and Dystopian trajectories. The meta goal of my artistic process is to sort out and confront questions that arise from the clash of human necessity and new technology as well as the role of art and artists in the creation of compassionate new systems of meaning.
Axis Mundi / Open Portals (AM / OP)
This ongoing project utilizes horizontal and vertical panoramic photographs captured while crisscrossing the United States and Europe. I look for locations that reveal some life affirming connection to a unique set of physical and psychological features. Those features function as a creative catalyst for my art making practice and a provisional center of my personal world -- the Axis Mundi. The art works for this project emerge from the mapping of my unique cyber geography. They utilize techno-ritualized methods for the invocations of a mytho-poetic consciousness in order to produce a set of networked and interactive art works. The pieces are available as a free download by viewers extending my initiative to create Art as an Offering in a free exchange of networked cultural productions.
Words + Images
This series of works is an exercise that allows me to playfully explore methods and styles of creative transformation of the meaning/s of text into a visual Gestal, "unified whole". The overall concept is highly influenced by the design and usage of icons and emoji in texting, messaging and other forms of digital visual communication.
Provisional Art Spaces [PAS]
Hutt is a founding partner of Provisional Art Spaces [PAS], an association of artists and curators who create opportunities for spatial transference through artistic affiliations and strategic productions. PAS actively uses territorial entanglement and emerging technology as a vehicle for migratory art practices. Working in the United States, Asia and Europe, PAS offers a model for contemporary art production and dissemination that goes beyond the established art market and towards a more global embrace of diverse audiences via mobile devise users.
[PAS] Project I - Provisional Haven
The Provisional Haven exhibition, curated by Anna Novakov, brought together six international artists whose work touches upon the concept of how artists utilize their art making process as a safe haven for themselves to work out personal and psychosocial identities and create new meaning systems.
Featuring works by:
Yin-Ju Chen - Felipe Dulzaides - Ana Teresa Fernandez - Ron Hutt - Jennifer Locke - Sabina Ott - Bijan Yashar - Michelle Wasson
The works I included in this show are from a series titled: Fate - Folly - Freedom are inkjet prints on canvas of digital paintings that are accompanied by Quick Response Codes (QRC)’s, which viewers can scan using any standard QRC reader App to link to other content, transformations, text, animation, sounds and free downloads of my art as a printable file.
Cultural Anomalies 1.0
Cultural Anomalies 1.0 is divided into four acts, which represent separate fields of human experience and stages of life. Act One is the Prima Materia where desire pushes out into life. Act Two the Art Museum is where culture, money and the artist's social identity converge. Act Three a BP Gas Station is where conflict and tragedy flow with the resources that maintain the wealth of nations. The Fourth Act, the Alchemist Garden, is where the search for some permanence of being. An individual changes less often than our technology, but we are changed in the scope of our self-reflection through technologies cultural and social impact, which sets in motion an acceleration in the distillation and distribution of our cultural codes via the electronic arts.
Teleological Traces is a group of art works that represents my searching for the intended and unintended consequences of the convergence of new digital technologies, information systems and the future aspirations and present life choices of individuals. The main focus of this projects discursive practice is the dynamic interplay of the subjective issues that grow out of the life stages of individuals from birth to death and the impact of emerging bio and information technological driven by market forces on the individual, media and society.
Greek Myths Redux
These works are my personal rumination on the amazing cultural life of the Greek city-states and the profoundly beautiful site of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. The Greeks’ integration of scientific inquiry, community building artistic production, respect for the physical self and natural world held in balance by a classical ideal of harmonious living seems to me an important template for our current complex condition of conflicting global and local values. The Greek narratives have a unique ability to contain and creatively express the conflicts inherent in life while offering the rich reward of a humanized imagination.
Upcoming:2016 - June - Group Show - "Volume:Tachbrook”, at the Rufus Stone Performance Space, Tachbrook Street Market Artist's Pitch, London UK
2016 - June - Group Show - "Volume:Bath”, at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath UK
Past:2015 - 2016 - Solo Show - “The Sky is Moving - The Earth is Humming”, @ Terrain Oak Park, Illinois
2015 - October 4 till December 6 - Solo Show - “Axis Mundi / Open Portals”, Saint Mary’s College Museum - 1928 St. Mary’s Rd. Moraga, California
2015 - Group Show - “Pink Art Gallery”, Seoul, South Korea
2015 - Group Show - “Pink Art Fair”, Seoul, South Korea
2015 - Group Show - “Provisional Haven”, Refusalon Art Gallery, 500 Post St. San Francisco, California
2014 - Artist-in-Residence - “Camp ArtSeen”, Wildwood Retreat Center - Guerneville, California
2014 - Group Show - “SOSTIERRA”, Mercado San Juan, Argentina
2013 - Group Show - " URI Faculty Show” Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
2013 - Group Show - “OneWay on Hope”, 999 Main St. Pawtucket, RI. Hope Artiste Village
2012 - 2013 - Group Show - “OneWay on Wall Street”, Penthouse, 75 Wall Street, New York, New York
2012 - Group Show - " URI Faculty Show” Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
2011 - Group Show - “OneWay on Wall Street”, Penthouse, 75 Wall Street, New York, New York
2011 - Group Show - “Selected Artist “, One Way Gallery, Providence Gallery, Providence Rhode Island
2011 - Solo Show - "Ron Hutt – New Works", Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island
2011 - Group Show - “State of the Arts”, URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
2010 - Group Show - "Digital Paining and Drawing", Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island
2010 – Solo Show - “Symposium of Arts”, hosted by Olympia Dukakis, Warwick, Rhode Island
2009 - Group Show - “State of the Arts”, URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
2009 - Group Show - “President Collection”, President’s residence, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
2009 - Group Show - “3D Modeling and Serious Game Development at URI” Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island
2008 - Group Show - " URI Faculty Show” Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
2008 - Group Show - "Welcome Back", One Way Gallery, Narragansett, Rhode Island
2007 - Group Show - "Wit on Wry", The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, Long Island, New York
2007 - Solo Show - "New Shelter for Apollo", One Way Gallery, Narragansett, Rhode Island
2007 - Solo Show - "The Pythian Portal: A 1st Century BC Search Engine", Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island
2006 - Solo Installation - "The Green Light", Second Floor Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
2006 - Solo Show - "Portraits of Unborn Revolutionaries", Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
2005 - Group Show - "Never-ending Florida", rhizome.org - ArtBase, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, New York
2005 - Solo Installation - "The Floating World", TF Green Airport, Warrick, Rhode Island
2004 - Group Show - "Cultural Anomalies 1.0", "Ars Electronica Cyber Arts Festival" in Linz, Austria
2004 - Group Show - "Cultural Anomalies 1.0", Permanent inclusion in the, rhizome.org - ArtBase, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, New York
2004 - Solo Show - "Good News!” At The Dirt Palace - Artist Cooperative, Providence Rhode Island
2003 - Solo Show - "Teleology", Corridor Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island
2001 - Group Show - "The Maine New Media Arts Project" Boston Cyberarts Festival , Boston, Massachusetts and Farmington, Maine
2000 - Group Show - "Merging Identity", international World Wide Web collaboration, SIGGRAPH, New Orleans, Louisiana
2000 - Group Show - "Polyalterity: New Cyber works", UMF Art Gallery, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine
2000 - Group Show - "Experienced Through Time-Synesthesia in Film and Video", Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
1997 - Group Show - "Cache", Hokin Annex Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, Ill