“8 steps to perfection”, new work in the group exhibition “It’s a Stitch Up!”, Ramp Gallery, 111 Collingwood street, Hamilton Opening 4/3/22

8 steps to perfection, hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, found tarmac, dimensions variable
8 steps to perfection, hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, found tarmac, dimensions variable
8 steps to perfection, hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, found tarmac, dimensions variable
8 steps to perfection, hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, found tarmac, dimensions variable

“b-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park”, Olga, Dunedin. Exhibition runs from the 25/2/22 until 18/3/22 Review By James Dignan published in the ODT 3/3/22

One of the potential aims of art is to make people look again at things that they would normally disregard — to view things in a new, unexpected light — and in doing so to see them as if for the first time. This is a major feature of the fabric and installation art of Jay Hutchinson.

Hutchinson’s work takes the throwaway, literally, and raises it to a level where it is no longer worthless. Using as his subject discarded scraps and rubbish found on his daily journeys, he reclaims the items by recreating them and reinventing them as intricate and attractive embroidered pieces. This allows us to appreciate that even the detritus of everyday life can have its own surprising and subversive beauty.

Many of Hutchinson’s pieces are hand-embroidered in sewing silk on cotton drill cloth. Other, more massive, installations include urban materials such as tarmac slabs, steel and concrete. Hutchinson’s works subvert the norm, not by simply making high art from low art, but by making high art from scrap. While this makes us reappraise the everyday, it also posits the thought that rubbish, in all its accumulated glory, will become the epitaph of this civilisation, a Rosetta Stone or Bayeux Tapestry from which our history will be deciphered.

B-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park install image
B-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park install image
B-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park install image
B-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park install image
B-sides, rarities and treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park install image

New work from the series, “Treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park” for an exhibition at Olga February 2022

Burger King wrapper, Hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, framed in a black box frame 320mm x 320mm
Jelly Tip, Hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, framed in a black box frame 320mm x 320mm
Quarter Pounder box, Hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, framed in a black box frame 320mm x 320mm
Ultra Super Slim, Hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, framed in a black box frame 320mm x 320mm

Poppa Jacks, Hand-embroidery on printed cotton drill, framed in a black box frame 320mm x 320mm

Newport/White Castle

The last two works from the series ‘Far from home/ American trash’ will be available to purchase from the @masterworksgallerynz Summer exhibition ‘Raumati/Summer Salon’ from tomorrow…based on found object/trash in New York City 2019, pre pandemic. Both works hand-embroidery on digitally printed fabric, framed with Museum Glass in box frames 330 x 330mm #handembroidery #trash #rubish #litter #masterworkgallery #handstitched #textileart #newport #whitecastle #jayhutchinson

Yellow Zig Zag

New work available exclusively through agallerypresents.com based on the iconic yellow Zig Zag cigarette paper packet, this limited edition of 6 hand stitched works gets smaller with each interpretation as a different filter is cut from the card.

Each work is then presented in a black box frame 250 x 250mm

Each work is signed and numbered on the reverse

contact agallerypresents@gmail.com for more information

Trashed on the way to work

New work for an upcoming exhibition late in August ‘Button up’ at Masterwork Gallery in Auckland

Screwed up Fruit Burst wrapper and three circular pieces of concrete
Hand-embroidery on digitally printed cotton drill with cast concrete
Dimensions variable

Screwed up Minties wrapper with three pieces of circular concrete
Hand-embroidery on digitally printed cotton drill with cast concrete
Dimensions variable

Speed Weed Greed exhibition opening 6:00pm 1/7/21 at Absolution Tattoo Studio, Christchurch

A collaborative project between tattooist Shaded Skull and artist Jay Hutchinson. Inspired by the Iconic ‘Speed Skull’ tattoo design by the legendary tattooist Bert Grimm. Shaded Skull designed his own versions of the skull, playing with rhyming words Weed and Greed. These designs were then hand stitched onto cotton drill and splattered with black spray paint in reference to when Shaded Skull and Hutchinson painted graffiti together in their youth…each work has then custom framed in hand built frames by Hutchinson