The People’s Cries by Jessica Jackson Hutchins was exhibited in 2017 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. The installation included a number of kiln-glass elements: 80 linear feet of 2’-wide glass panels installed in gallery skylights, two glass door panels, and two free-standing glass sculptural elements.
According to Hutchins, goals for this work included making radical, experimental artwork responsive to historical and contemporary conditions. The project started with a fascination of the new material of glass and a wish to make a stunningly compelling type of work out of a material and process not yet fully explored by the contemporary art world. Hutchins wanted to create a hallowed, contemplative space which might invite consideration of the fundamental questions in our changing world. The People’s Cries evokes the cacophony of the human condition by bringing into acute focus the many different “cries of our communities”.
Bullseye Studio’s work with Jessica Jackson Hutchins began when she was selected as the Bullseye Glass Winter 2017 Artist-In-Residence. During this residency at our factory and fabrication studio in Portland, OR, Hutchins was given the opportunity for an open-ended, experimental and exploratory experience with kiln-glass. Hutchins maintained full reign of her exploration throughout the residency as her methodologies developed. Her inquiries and experiments in kiln-glass led her to extend her residency, culminating in a body of work for an installation at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, in 2017. During Hutchins’ time with Bullseye, the Studio team offered training, consultation, and some physical labor, but Hutchins fabricated the work herself utilizing Bullseye’s materials and kilns.