16 January - 9 February 2019


Nicholas Hutcheson

Glacial is a stop-motion animation that responds to the vastness of Antarctica. It tracks along a single long sheet of paper as it folds, crumples and buckles across the screen – an exploration of the deep time embodied in glaciers and icesheets. The sequence of tension and compression evokes the shifting expanse of ice creating a constant movement between illusion and reality.  

Since 2008 when I journeyed to Antarctica as an Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division, I have been exploring ways of representing the deep time embodied in that landscape. Out there, you have a constant awareness of movement and time. Some of it is so slow - gigantic ice sheets flow towards the sea at indiscernible rates - yet you can also watch seawater become ice in a matter of hours, or weather fronts moving across the horizon that rapidly alter the environment. The landscape is defined by this ever-creeping whiteness.

Initially I made drawings. I later experimented with short animations that functioned as time-lapse drawings; a single drawing, repeatedly reworked and re-photographed, frame-by-frame.

Remembering folding an iceberg out of pristine white paper during my voyage south, I began to construct stop-motion animations out of crumpled sheets of paper. These simple forms evoked the juddering lateral movement of ice and led to the 1600 frames of Glacial.

The work is a fast-forwarding of time that seeks to make visible the otherwise imperceptible.

Nicholas Hutcheson is an artist based in Melbourne, whose practice encompasses drawing and animation. His work explores the manifestation of time – on landscapes, structures and the human form, and currently is concerned with the deep time embodied in glaciers and ice sheets. Since moving to Australia, Nicholas has exhibited in both solo and group shows nationally. He has been an artist in residence at Bundanon and Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division.

IMAGE | Nicholas Hutcheson, Glacial, 2017, Single channel HD video, 4:20 min. | Courtesy the artist.