On April 19, HEDGE Gallery is proud to announce the opening of a highly anticipated exhibition, “Falling From the Sky of Now”, honoring Cleveland artist, Douglas Max Utter.
This comprehensive exhibition will portray the evolution of Douglas Max Utter's early art making years through present day. HEDGE Gallery will host an extensive volume of work, with never before seen oil paintings dating to the early 1970’s and 1980’s, prominent mixed media works on paper and mono-prints from the 1990’s and early 2000’s and his most recent paintings that have not yet been exhibited.
"Falling From the Sky of Now" will reflect on the breakthroughs and traumas that influenced Utter's career and will look into the future of his universal art making, as he continues his efforts as one of the region's most dedicated and influential living artists .
His experimental painting techniques which often include unfamiliar mediums such as tar, enamel, latex house paint and spray paint have resulted in extraordinary works that depict diverse subject matters: Childhood memories, history, religion, the human figure and the landscape. This exhibition will offer viewers the opportunity to experience Douglas Max Utter's most powerful works, executed in a broad variety of methods and poignant themes.
Douglas Max Utter (b 1950) is an award winning Cleveland based artist and writer, whose work has been shown extensively since the mid 1980’s, with over forty one- person shows in Cleveland, New York, Phoenix and Germany. Utter’s work in painting and criticism has been recognized with a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship, three Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Best Painting Award at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show (1987), and journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club and the Poets and Writers Guild of Greater Cleveland. He is the recipient of a 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award.