The Dog on the Couch

Works by Clayton Hurt

March 5– April 10, 2021

Vista Gallery

Artist Bio

Dallas-based artist Clayton Hurt is showing will show several collages from the past three years and recent sculptures primarily depicting dogs. Hurt explores the relationship between the material and the nature of the subject in both bodies of work.

Hurt continues his work with animals, and the sculptures chronicle the mundane daily life of a house dog, as it sleeps all day until greeting you at the door when you return home. Artworks on the wall become background imagery for what might be the dogs’ dreams or just the owners’ tacky taste. The abstract collages called glove “paintings” are made from new and used leather on panel. The animal forms are welded steel armatures covered in discarded work gloves given to the artist by other sculptors who used them to weld and create art.

Exhibition Statement

Clayton Hurt’s art spans many media, and though it appears eclectic, there are strong motifs running throughout. The dog sculptures have a gritty nature, as they come from used leather scraps. The leather that forms them links to the glove “paintings,” which have become higher-end objects, made from colored manufactured leather used for fashion and furniture design. The tension between the abstract compositions and the connotations of the real-world material and daily actions of the animal forms ultimately comes back to the notions of struggle and humor present in Hurt’s work.

“If you want the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.”

Greeting Dog, 2020 Two Point King, 2018 Steel, leather and plastic. Leather on panel. 17” x 20” x 9” 6.5” x 8.5”

Rico, 2020 Math Award, 2018 Steel, leather and plastic. Leather on panel. 27” x 7” x 6” (on base) 14” x 10”