Peter Huttinger

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Peter Huttinger’s work operates as a kind of corrosive. The artist not only explores the idea of physical decay in a fresh and personal manner, but he pursues an aggressively antiintellectual agenda, one that effectively disarms and transfigures the painting without denying its classic expressive potential. It’s common these days to find paint being used to simulate the flatness of various forms of reproduction. But by mixing pigment and beeswax in his newest work, Huttinger makes gritty metaphors for corporeal experience.

Huttinger has spoken of his interest in pitting two things against each other, and there seem to be quite a number of things placed in opposition here. In the four larger and more interesting pieces (all works, 1988), pigment and wax clog together rather than blend; shitty-vomitty-bloody colors clash with the works’ glossy textures. In these untitled painting-objects

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