Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Selected works by Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Couch For A Long Time


Couch, newspaper, ceramic

73.7 x 193 x 90.2 cm

The title of Couch for a Long Time, Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ mixed media sculpture, implies a kind of indolence, a suggestion of idling, and the colour-streaked ceramic pots and sculptures seem to sit on the receiving cushions of their newspaper- clad couch like lazy characters in front of an absent TV. The physicality of the ceramic pieces’ forms – their bone- or flesh-coloured glazed surfaces, their bottom- heavy fatness – invokes the human body; even the couch itself, its cushions bulging like tongues in reaction to its occupants, has a bodily fatness, a subservience to gravity. By contrast, the couch’s surface, covered with newspapers, implies a different temporal idea: the speed of a news story, its sudden irrelevance. That the newspaper clippings repeatedly refer to the then-incumbent President Obama gives these parallel speeds added poignancy. Differing rates of change – the ceramic pieces, protected by a sheen of glaze, will remain intact for as long as they’re carefully held; both the material and the content of the newspapers become dated almost immediately after they’re printed – gives the title additional meaning. Obama became a vessel for certain ideas of optimistic change after the Bush presidency; debatably, those ideas have dated, even lost their lustre. The couch, too, accrues meaning by association: once in Hutchins’ childhood home, its newspaper covering is a kind of protection, as though the room around it were being painted. That, and the preservation implied by the vessels, gives Hutchins’ piece the gravitas of a domestic monument, to be remembered – with a kind of sad hope – for “a long time”.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins


Table, linen, paper maché and ceramic

134 x 144.1 x 136.5 cm
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Still Life: Chair, Bowl and Vase


Chair, plaster, collage and salt-fired ceramics

109.2 x 91.4 x 78.7 cm
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Loveseat and Bowls


Loveseat, plaster, fabric, and ceramics

156.2 x 105 x 133.4 cm
Jessica Jackson Hutchins


Couch, ink, spray paint, charcoal dust, hydrocal, ceramic

124.5 x 178 x 107 cm

Text by Ben Street

Jessica Jackson Hutchins's Biography

Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Born in 1971, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Berlin and Portland, OR


Hepworth Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire, UK

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, ICA Boston, Boston, MA
Jessica Jackson Hutchins: The Important Thing About a Chair, Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA (catalogue)

Champions, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Children of the Sunshine, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Over Come Over, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY
Kitchen Table Allegory, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

The Exponent of Earth (You Make Me ___), Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Hours and Ours, Small A Projects, Portland, OR

Case Works 12: Stylite Optimism, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College, Portland, OR

Peace at Home: The War Never Left, Small A Projects, Portland, OR

Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY


Changing States of Matter, Brand New Gallery, Rome, Italy
Trieste, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy
Prima Materia, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
House Arrest, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT

A Terrible Beauty is Born: 11e Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (catalogue)
Ryan Foerster, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Chadwick Rantanen, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY
Reclaimed: Nature and Place Through Contemporary Eyes, Seattle Art Museum,Seattle, WA
Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York, NY
Memories Are Made Of This, Museum 52, New York, NY
Here/Now, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Dwelling, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
The Jewel Thief, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, curated by Ian Barry and Jessica Stockholder
Art of Paper 2010, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Face Your Demons, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Motherlode, Marylhusrt University, Marylhurst, OR
Summer Projects, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Parenthesis, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (catalogue)
Bent, The Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
LOVER, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
Slough, David Nolan, New York, NY, curated by Steve DiBenedetto
An Expanded Field of Possibilities, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
The Mood Back Home, Momenta Art, New York, NY
ARE YOU WITH ME?, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY
Presents, Rowley Kennerk, Chicago, IL, curated by Milwaukee International

200597214100022008, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY
Begin Again Right Back There, White Columns, New York, NY, curated by B. Wurtz
Kinda Like A Buffet, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Journey to the Center of Uranus, CANADA, New York, NY
Summer Group Exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Home/Office Landscapes, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Michelle Grabner’s Never Quite Happy Home, Southfirst Gallery, New York, NY
Ceramics, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
NeoIntegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Keith Mayerson
Hump, Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, MI
Place of the Transcommon, INOVA, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Nicholas Frank

Summer Group Exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Your Beauty’s Gold is Clay, Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY
Atlas of the Unknown, Small A Projects, Portland, OR
Jessica Jackson Hutchins Relics from a Lonely Dinner, Derek Eller Gallery,New York, NY
Gone Formalism, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Inaugural Exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Lonely Dinner, an event for Ghosttown with Red76, Portland, OR

Make it Now, The Sculpture Center, New York, NY (catalogue)
International Laundry, Parisa Kind Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Taking Place, projects around Portland, OR
I live in a Castle, EFA, New York, NY, curated by Jessica Hutchins and Dan Torop

Escapism: a viable political alternative, Champion Fine Art, New York, NY, curated by Fia Backström
Five Friends, a film and video22 program, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Art Star and Sausage Factory, Debs & Co., New York, NY
Surface Tension, Lombard-Freid Fine Art, New York, NY
Ascend to the End, solo project Cabin for the Herbert Read Gallery, Kent, UK

Drawings, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Kim Fisher, Midway Contemporary, St. Paul, MN
Really Real, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Finnar Arnar Arnarson, Hlynur Hallson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, The Living Arts Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Land Forms, Listagil, Akureyri, Iceland

The Stray Show, Chicago, IL
The Drawing Center’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Selections Exhibition, New York, NY
I Just Can't Pretend, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
East International Exhibition, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK (catalogue)
Artist to Artist, Ace Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Different Class, Debs & Co., New York, NY

Darryl's Tears and Other Work, Ten In One Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
SKYBOX, Times Square Window Display, New York, NY
Winter Selections 2001, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalogue)
2000 Under the Influence, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Jessica Hutchins Pedro Velez, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Open Sudios, Shape Foundation, New York, NY

No Metaphors, FGA, Chicago, IL
All Girls All Live, Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago, IL
Smart Living, FGA, Chicago, IL
True Value, Swallow Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
Graduate Project Space Installation, 847 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL
Nippon V, Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc., Chicago, IL

46h Western New York Exhibition, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Nine Ball: Works on Paper, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Estival Prelude, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Holiday Invitational, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Art Dialogue Award