Untitled, Dunedin Landscape, May 2020
Hutchinson’s latest work follows on from his exhibition ‘On the way to work’ which showed at Olga in 2019. The previous exhibition consisted of 20 small hand embroidered works based on the trash Hutchinson found during his journeys to work. This work however is a singular piece that echoes Hutchinson’s fascination with psychogeography, the forgotten and discarded. Hutchinson conceived this work to follow the current show at OLGA ‘The Yallop and Smith Memorial Exhibition’ by utilising the damaged walls from the installation of over 100 works.
Exhibition runs November 21 - 28
Please join us for a drink on Saturday the 28th of November for the exhibitions' closing event from 1pm for a performance from L$D Fundraiser, Morgan Oliver (Fuck Chairs) and Jay Hutchinson performing together for the first time as Barnes, Hutchinson and Oliver.
Exhibition closing event
Saturday November 28
32 Moray Place
"Untitled, Dunedin Landscape May 2020",
JAY Hutchinson’s current exhibition at Olga is the most conceptually rigorous by the artist that I have personally seen to date. It also represents a departure of sorts from the gallery’s regular programming, and pushes against the expectations of dealer gallery exhibitions more generally — in this corner of the world at least. These prefatory remarks are, of course, consistent with conceptual art projects in the sense that they often require more contextual foregrounding to assist viewers not familiar with the artist’s work. This contextualisation itself can be problematic from the perspective of the viewer who may want to approach the exhibition without an "explanation" (there will be those who have this experience), and from the position of the reviewer, who can be similarly wary of providing information in a way that may undercut the apparent inscrutability of the exhibition. The issue here is: how much to give away?
Notice, if you will, the trails of red brick dust that have plumed down from the masonry screws on the white wall and have caught on remnants of filler from previous exhibitions. Look at the arrangement of screws and nails themselves. Refer to the title: is this what the city looked like in May? Are the upright ladder and the rubbish on the floor part of the exhibition? Has the artist worked with rubbish in the past? Is that a rubbish bag in the corner?
Robyn Maree Pickens, Otago Daily Times, 26 11 20
Closing event on Saturday the 28th at 1pm with performance from L$D Funraiser, Morgan Oliver (Fuck Chairs) and Jay Hutchinson (DJ Dzne); performing together for the first time as
Barnes,Hutchinson and Oliver