Jay Hutchinson: Across from the court, on the way to the mall
07 Oct 2017 – 25 Feb 2018
Jay Hutchinson is an embroidery artist with a twist. He has a longstanding fascination with street culture, which he expresses in his art works by contrasting the quick nature of graffiti with the slow and careful practice of needle-point. This latest installation in The Dowse window shows Hutchinson’s interest in psychogeography—or how we relate to the places we live—and how these places effect our emotions and behaviour.
A set of street signs installed backwards in a gallery window is somewhat unusual, especially when they are near perfect, embroidered copies of two in the immediate vicinity. By reproducing these signs in an unusual way, Hutchinson catches us by surprise: drawing attention to how we move between buildings like The Dowse and Queensgate mall, and how we navigate the city. In doing so, the artist prompts us to consider how we feel about where we live: what we’re proud of or frustrated by and what we hope for in the future.
Hutchinson is a Dunedin based artist. Graduating with Masters of Fine Arts from the Otago School of Art in 2008, he has gone on to exhibit in New Zealand, Australia and China. In 2016, his solo exhibition Turn left at the end of the drive was included in a series of exhibitions and a publication on Psychogeography at Enjoy Gallery. You can read more about his work in the related essay Stitching the Street.
See Hutchinson's work and The Dowse Art Museum Director Courtney Johnston discuss the role of street art within the Wellington Region in Wellington street artists create city-wide advent calendar, Giles Dexter, Newshub (13 Dec 2017).