Paul Hutchinson: wach mal auf junge wach mal auf



English / German, Softcover
96 pages
• 26.5 x 21 cm
• 9783932729294
• Published by Sies + Höke, 2021 


Paul Hutchinson: wach mal auf junge wach mal auf was published on the occasion of his first solo exhibition with Sies + Höke in 2021. The visual language of Hutchinson’s photographs does not work towards spotlighting these places and cultural sites. Paul Hutchinson's works seem casual and subtle. The leitmotif is the decision-making process from the corner of the eye, arising from the subconscious of a sensitive act of moving past something or walking into it.

wach mal auf junge wach mal auf ("wake up boy wake up") comes from a monologue with a lyrical counter-inside-super ego, which could be an alter ego as Hutchinson's lyrical grandmother, or a father-spirit, shining from the tunnels of underground stations. We find a glimpse of his own youth in the work youth. A still life from the artist's present living room. We see a photo from his teenage days on the wall, almost as a kind of reliquary. Himself, in the front row wearing a dark T-shirt, surrounded by friends. They are posing with beer bottle and middle finger, copying poses of masculinity and hostile behaviour, yet at the same time seeming as vulnerable as a boy band, separated from the parental homes too early to go on tour. The flower in front of it, an Oxalis triangularis, also called a "false shamrock", looks wilted, again like something from a teenager's room.

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Larissa Kikol.

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Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson (b. 1987 in Berlin) critically questions the unfolding of social processes in urban space. His photographs oscillate between documentary and poetics, investigating the artist’s immediate surroundings and focusing on details, seemingly banal or very personal. Hutchinson translates, through the lens of his camera, his environment into poetic, carefully composed and highly aesthetic images, conveying a vivid characterization of contemporary culture. The artist lives and works in Berlin.