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Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Laurel Gitlen/Derek Eller Gallery

When certain artists transition from emerging to emerged, the moment is palpable. This spring, it happened for Jessica Jackson Hutchins, with concurrent solo shows at Laurel Gitlen (formerly Small A Projects) and Derek Eller Gallery and her inclusion in the Whitney Biennial, where she was represented with Couch for a Long Time, 2009—a worn sofa from her childhood home, covered in Obama-related newspaper clippings and occupied by ceramics. The artist’s raw early ceramic and papier-mâché works project an artless, punk sensibility, but she has described her recent output as framed by what seems like punk’s opposite pole: domesticity and motherhood. Her battered furniture has a family history; her patches of shabby fabric are cut from outgrown garments. The lumpen ceramics that hunker on couches and chairs inescapably bring to mind dense, weighty humans. Claes Oldenburg’s sagging sculptures,

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