Sunday, February 2, 2014

Detritus by Krissy Wilson

February 1 -  March 1, 2014

Clutch Gallery is pleased to present Detritus, an interactive installation by Krissy Wilson that invites viewers to compose poetry using bits of found language on fragments of porcelain, pottery, and glass collected from tidal shorelines. An ongoing project, Detritus has manifested as cento—poems written from excerpts of existing texts—and live performances with a document camera.

For her show at Clutch Gallery, Wilson will ask gallery visitors to compose and document their own poems using shards collected from Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn, New York.

You can read an interview about Detritus on  Varsity magazine.  Wilson also maintains a process blog at Wilson has received grants to execute Detritus at Dead Horse Bay and Fort Bragg, California. She hopes to perform an iteration of this project on the foreshore of the River Thames in London this summer.

Krissy Wilson is a writer and artist based in Chicago, IL. She is pursuing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she holds a BA in English from the University of Florida. She works at SAIC as a teaching assistant, writing fellow, and Special Collections Assistant in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. Her interdisciplinary practice is characterized by constraint-based writing and a desire to value discarded texts. Contact her by e-mail ( or follow her on Twitter at @abrvd.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Samples from the 41.8757° 87.6244° card file

Sample 1:
Take 5 minutes to walk one block; take 10 minutes to walk another block; take 15 minutes to walk the next block; and take 20 minutes to walk the 4th block.  Take a 10 second video for each block.

Sample 2:
Walk backwards toward the nearest parking sign; skip to the nearest bus stop; wait for the next bus; when it arrives, help the oldest person on the bus (don’t stay on!); get off the bus; follow the person nearest ot your left hand for two blocks. Mimic the way that he or she walks; walk across the street on your tippy toes at the intersection; walk back towards the group and find a person in front of you and within arm’s length of them, loudly clear your throat; before you meet up with the group, pop into the nearest retail store and examine the merchandise closest to the front door; leave and wait for the group.

Sample 3:
Walk in step with the person you are with.

41.8757° 87.6244

Clutch Gallery is pleased to present 41.8757° 87.6244°, a group show curated by students in Professor Rhoda Rosen’s Contemporary Cartography course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 41.8757° 87.6244° identify the historic Michigan Boulevard district in the Chicago Loop area where the School is located.

41.8757° 87.6244° rethinks the idea of the dérive, otherwise known as “drift;” an intuitive movement through space based on a reading of interior and exterior cues; a wandering through space.

41.8757° 87.6244° is a card file filled with typewritten and handwritten texts on 3”x5” index cards. Each text is an instruction, a prompt to follow. Each prescribes  a way to interact with the environment, a quest, described in concrete or abstract terms. 41.8757° 87.6244° provides cues for new methods of transit through spaces that are both familiar and unfamiliar.

Please join us on opening night for a special event, as our exhibition at Clutch Gallery helps launch the new Arts District of the Society of Smallness.

a. Walking Tour by Clutch Gallery’s Education Department
b. Cartography Office Performance
***Please note that the Arts District opens at 10 AM ***

*Performances begin at 6 PM*
Participating artists:

Yesenia Bello, Isabel Bogarin, Bella Bruk, Jennie F Crichlow, Frederick James Eschrich, Marissa Leigh Fine, Chiara Giulianotti , Alessandra Maria Gomez-Misserian, Henry Christophe Harris, Heather Anne Mackenzie, Gabriela Renee Mendez, Coco A Menk, Marina Miliou-Theocharaki, Madee Byrne Miller, Arndis Y Otharsson, Compton A Quashie, Suzanne Lois Reid, Mitsu Miriam Salmon, Jasmyn Grace Smith, Victoria Leigh Thurmond, Rita Wang, Connie Alice Connie Westlife

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Your Eye is My Ear(lobe) by Laura Davis

Clutch Gallery is pleased to present Your Eye is My Ear(lobe) by Laura Davis.  

It’s not everyday that you open your jewelry box filled with shoulder-length earrings from the 80s and find yourself in a temple of high culture. For her Clutch installation Laura Davis presents an art gallery of Modernist sculptures made from custom jewelry. A convex mirror on the back wall creates a scale shift that incorporates the viewer harmoniously into the exhibition space.    

Laura Davis (b. 1971, Holland, Michigan) is a Chicago based artist working in sculpture, drawing and installation.  Originally trained in enameling and metalsmithing, Davis is interested in the decorative arts as a subject. Her work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using display structures and context to disrupt notions of value.

Laura Davis’ most recent exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, threewalls, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Gallery 400, Chicago; SPACES, Cleveland; The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO; and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI. Davis holds an MFA from the University of Chicago and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She teaches in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Your Eye is My Ear(lobe) is on view from October 10 – November 8, 2013. For further information contact Georgina Valverde at

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eternity of the Present/La Eternidad del Presente by Marcos Raya

August 12 - September 8, 2013

As a young immigrant from Mexico, Marcos Raya remembers being most shocked by the oppressive way in which Americans lived their lives by the clock. No one escaped the regimentation of time, especially his mother who worked day in and day out in a factory. Early on in his career, he took apart a wristwatch and put the loose pieces back inside, a gesture that announced his refusal to live by the strictures of conventional time. Provoked by the small dimensions of Clutch Gallery, Raya revisits the moment that signaled his intent to become an artist and invites us to consider the existential necessity of becoming the masters of our own time.

Marcos Raya was born in Irapuato, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. He attended the progressive Windsor Mountain Preparatory School in Lennox Massachusetts where he studied drawing and painting. In 1968 he returned to Mexico to avoid the draft. There, he studied at the San Carlos Academy and came of age politically by taking part in the student movement. He returned to Chicago and found a home in the Pilsen neighborhood where he established himself as an independent artist painting murals, mentoring young artists, and developing a prolific studio practice. Marcos Raya’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. His most recent work will be shown in London at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold Gallery in September.





Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Desserting the Center by Jessica Hyatt

For Desserting the Center, participants are invited to help vacate the contents of Jessica Hyatt’s Signature Ramekin.  The center is not actually consumable, it is an illusion of Jessica Hyatt’s Signature Dessert.  Once removed, the illusion should be reconceived in any form the participant chooses, and placed back in the center. 

Jessica Hyatt lives and works in Chicago IL.  She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  She has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MA, and currently works in education at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work has been shown in Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and London, England.  It has been distributed throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Vietnam.

Desserting the Center is on view June 11 - August 2, 2013. For further information, contact Georgina Valverde at