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Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous and Sky Hopinka: Subterranean Ceremonies exhibition galleries will close early at 4:30 pm on Friday, 3/1, and Saturday, 3/2.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous

January 27 - May 05, 2024

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Jessica Jackson Hutchins (born 1971, Chicago) has been plumbing the relationship between art and everyday life for nearly thirty years, playfully melding materials with an intuitive, “by any means necessary” approach to traditional mediums and found objects alike. Based in Portland, Oregon, Hutchins gained international recognition for her expressive sculptural assemblages that combine castoff household items with handmade elements to redefine notions of value and beauty. In 2016, her work expanded into fused glass, including vibrant, collage-like windows that bring a form associated with exalted spiritual spaces into the secular realm.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous comprises works created—and sometimes reconfigured—since the late 1990s. The nonchronological presentation surveys Hutchins’s pursuit of immediacy and communion through art, beginning in the museum’s rotunda entryway with a richly textured, two-story fused-glass window commissioned for the occasion. In the galleries, the artist’s relief paintings, intimate tabletop objects, and needlepoint compositions mingle with selected furniture sculptures—well-worn sofas and chairs cradling lumpy ceramic forms that read as surrogates for the human body.

The corporeal aspect of Hutchins’s work comes to the fore in a recent group of wearable food vessels that will be activated during a special performance. The exhibition connects these unwieldy “prostheses” to the artist’s early milagros sculptures: totemic papier-mâché body parts she made for suffering people close to her or in the public eye. Drawing a throughline of vulnerability, interdependency, and repair across Hutchins’s practice, Wrecked and Righteous honors the artist’s special capacity for finding the sublime in ordinary places and neglected things.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous is organized by Amanda Donnan, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions.

Lead support provided by The Ford Family Foundation, administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

Generous support provided by the Frye Foundation and Frye Members. Media sponsorship provided by KEXP.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. From left: Rope Stanza, 2013. Ladder, canvas, acrylic paint, glazed ceramic, macramé hanger. 79 1/2 x 102 1/2 x 59 in. Miller Meigs Collection. Berliner Haus, 2012. Ladder, canvas, pastel, acrylic paint, photocopies, glazed ceramic. 88 2/3 x 78 7/8 x 82 2/3 in. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view of Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, January 27–May 5, 2024. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. My Friend the Poet, 2019. Ceramic, plaster, papier-mâché, collage, chair. 63 x 30 x 33 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Mario Gallucci 

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. From left: Lascaux Reprise, 2012/2018. Glazed ceramic, upholstered chair, leather, fabric. 45 x 40 x 59 in. Courtesy of the artist and Adams and Ollman, Portland. Third Eye, 2015. Acrylic paint, collage, fabric, ceramic, chair. 56 x 47 1/2 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view of Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, January 27–May 5, 2024. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. And then we were married, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 35 x 22 x 24 in. Miller Meigs Collection. Photo: Mario Gallucci

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Shadow Swing (detail), 2024. Fused and leaded glass. 287 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. Commissioned by the Frye Art Museum; courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Installation view of Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, January 27–May 5, 2024. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. We Want Everything (detail), 2021. Fused glass. 42 x 6 1/2 ft. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Mario Gallucci  

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Wishlist, 2015. Sofa, mixed-media collage, resin, plaster, glazed ceramic. Sofa: 28 x 92 x 36 in.; wall: 61 x 85 x 9 in. Installation view of Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, January 27–May 5, 2024. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jueqian Fang 

Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Third Eye, 2015. Acrylic paint, collage, fabric, ceramic, chair. 56 x 47 1/2 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Mario Gallucci

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