I'll Wake Up Older: A Conversation with Hunter Potter
by Evan Pricco
There is a sense we had a lost year in 2020, and yet here we are in 2021, on the precipice of life returning, perhaps a light at the end of the tunnel. In 20 years time, we might have a better sense of what the pause looked like in terms of our collective psyche. Hunter Potter is talking about it now, but also a deeper conversation about personal life with his new body of work, I'll Wake Up Older, now on view at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Looking at youth, small town America, the perception of peaking in high school and being heartbroken when looking at the past. That it reflects perhaps our COVID life seems apt. I spoke with the Brooklyn-based painter recently to talk about what the intricacies of his work were speaking to, how the happy accident of connecting with COIVD came to fruition, growing up in small town America and the idea of You Can't Win.
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