Sunday, October 18, 2015

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Confessions

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Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Untitled, 2011, couch, glazed ceramic, plaster on wood, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins creates sculptures that combine elements of the domestic and the colossal. Domestic spaces are traditionally associated with delicateness, but for Hutchins, furniture pieces are vigorously manipulated and grow sculptural appendages. 

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Two Hearts, 2013, acrylic paint, armchair, shirts, glazed ceramic, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Rope Stanza, 2013, Ladder, canvas, acrylic paint, glazed ceramic, macrame hanger, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.


Jessica Jackson Hutchins, installation image, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.


The exhibition “Confessions” is presented by The lumber room and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College as the first Northwest comprehensive exhibition of Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ work. The lumber room exhibition features work from the Sarah Miller Meigs’ collection of Hutchins’ work from 1999-present. In conjunction with the exhibition, the lumber room and the Cooley Gallery are publishing an experimental book by the artist.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Untitled (Piano Print, M), 2010, oil based ink, ceramic, textile, and found object, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.

Hutchins’ raw sculptures are constructed out of household items, furniture, textiles, and everyday materials. The domestic pieces of furniture take on an imposing presence once Hutchins manipulates them with mounds of plaster, clay, clothing, and paint. For example, in Sweater Arms, a globular ceramic vase sits upon a dining room chair in a state of disrepair and the arms of a frayed knit sweater fall from the seat.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Sweater Arms, 2010, glazed ceramic, sweater, chair, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.

Hutchins’ stated that she wanted to, “say something about how we can know ourselves through the objects that we live among.” Through her work, Hutchins’ monumentalizes elements of craft such as homemaking and textiles. The exhibition discusses themes of autonomy, motherhood, experimentation, and community.

My pick:



Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Sister's Rock, 2015, glazed ceramic with rocks, hammock hand woven by Sarah Moen, Courtesy of the Miller Meigs Collection, photography by Worksighted.
 Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Confessions
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September 2-November 8, 2015 
The lumber room, 419 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Friday and Saturday, 12-5pm

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College,  3203 SE Woodstock BLVD, Portland, OR 97202
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm

 Artist Book publication party, November 7th, 2015, Container Corps, 4-6pm


5 comments:

  1. Hannah this is a lovely review. I like it when you share the artist's perspective, and it reminded me of the close relationship I have with one especially treasured furniture piece, my beloved couch.

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  2. Hannah this is a lovely review. I like it when you share the artist's perspective, and it reminded me of the close relationship I have with one especially treasured furniture piece, my beloved couch.

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  3. Thanks! Its funny how furniture holds so many special memories

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  4. These are gorgeous!! The furniture in my room is all white, but my room is small, just picturing these in a big room: dream come true!!
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  5. It was an amazing show. Truly inspiring!

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