Centraal Museum presents Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters

Centraal Museum presents Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters
Centraal Museum presents Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters

Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters

Date: Opening April 19, 2019
Place: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Centraal Museum

This summer, Centraal Museum presents Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters. Jessica Stockholder (USA 1959) came to fame in the early 1990s with colourful and picturesque as well as monumental installations. In her work, Stockholder combines all sorts of everyday items – ranging from umbrellas and cushions to furniture and lamps – to form an overwhelming composition. Through her playful manipulation of form and colour, she is able to transform the entire room.

With her open-minded approach to the world, Stockholder aims to disrupt our usual view of the items and materials that surround us daily, and to subvert our notions regarding what’s worthwhile and worthless.

In this exhibition, Jessica Stockholder acts as both artist and curator. In addition to a retrospective of her oeuvre, she applies her unique perspective to select objects from the museum’s various collections. The exhibition Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matters will run from 19 April to 1 September 2019.

Galerie nächst St. Stephan

Lay of the Land (detail)
Lay of the Land (detail)

Jessica Stockholder: “Snug Parting”

Date: Opening May 21, 2016
Place: Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
Galerie nächst St. Stephan

We are proud to present the third solo exhibition at our gallery of the American artist Jessica Stockholder. In addition to the room-filling work Lay of the Land, we will also show several of her more recent works.
 Jessica Stockholder has been creating abstract and complex three-dimensional pictures that combine a broad variety of everyday objects since the 1980s. Her work is born out of artistic traditions like Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pop art, and ready-mades and has continued to contribute to the dialogue between painting, sculpture, and installation. Located between the poles of pictorial effect and three-dimensional presence, her works lend meaning to the space they occupy. 
Stockholder selects the objects she uses based on their material and color qualities. With the trained eye of a painter, she collects buckets, flooring material, fake furs, lamps, doors, and Lego pieces and assembles these with colored ropes or chains before creating a coherent appearance through acrylic and wall paint. The end result represents a complex relationship between the illusionistic space of painting and the physical presence of sculpture — between painted reality and the reality of painting.
 Although the objects remind us of their use in everyday life and hence our own subjective experience, Stockholder’s works are purely formalist and abstract and therefore free from symbolic or narrative meaning. Rather, they represent a clash of different types of perception; they question our sense of reality, which we understand with the help of abstractions and systems of order.
 The room-filling work Lay of the Land is a bold assemblage of large drop-lights, orange shopping baskets, wooden bar stools with convex traffic mirrors attached, and an oriental rug. The mirrors, which are used to make blind spots in traffic visible, bring an additional perspective and perceptual level into the work and remind us of how Stockholder keeps the remarkable variety of elements in her works in line. Lay of the Land was originally created in 2014 for the international art exhibition “Contemporary Art & Design” in the hills around Piacenza in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. For this show, Stockholder has adapted the work to the dimensions of the first room in our gallery. On the walls and floors of the other rooms, we are presenting several other works by Stockholder that call our attention to the deluge of everyday objects, which she carefully arranges in her powerful and decidedly unsentimental compositions to appeal to our senses and worldly perception.

Color Jam Houston

Jessica Stockholder: “Color Jam Houston”

Date: Through March 2017
Place: downtown Houston, Texas, USA
Kavi Gupta Gallery

A vibrant blast of geometric shapes has taken over the intersection of McKinney and Main streets, crawling on top of buildings, light fixtures and sidewalks. Color Jam Houston by Jessica Stockholder, still in progress, represents the social and political balance between individual rights, freedoms, responsibilities and our collective well-being and coexistence.

Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Jessica Stockholder. Detail of “Gross National Growth” 2014
Jessica Stockholder. Detail of “Gross National Growth” 2014

Jessica Stockholder: “Palpable Glyphic Rapture”

Date: January 22 – March 14, 2015
Place: Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Studio International interview

Studio International interview

Date: January 9, 2015
Interviewer: Natasha Kurchanova

Jessica Stockholder talks about her work, which combines painting, sculpture, installation and language in a unique creation that calls for a close personal encounter with the viewer.

Studio International

Art Basel Miami Public Beach

Jessica Stockholder. Installation view: Angled Tangle. Art Basel Miami, 2014. Steel, aluminium, auto paint, light fixtures, plastic bollards, gravel. Site-specific installation. Photograph: Joseph Rynkiewicz. Courtesy of the artist, Kavi Gupta Gallery, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.
Jessica Stockholder. Installation view: Angled Tangle. Art Basel Miami, 2014. Steel, aluminium, auto paint, light fixtures, plastic bollards, gravel. Site-specific installation. Photograph: Joseph Rynkiewicz. Courtesy of the artist, Kavi Gupta Gallery, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.


Angled Tangle

Date: December 2014
Place: Art Basel Miami, Florida

C.Ar.D. Contemporary Art & Design

A situation titled “Erstwhile & Notwithstanding” part of the C.Ar.D. Contemporary Art & Design exhibition in Pianello, Italy. (Work in the foreground titled “Lay of the Land.”) August, 2014

A series of exhibitions, installations, and events by artists, photographers, and designers in the hills around Piacenza, Italy from September 12 – October 12, 2014. Including a large selection of work by Jessica Stockholder and work by the following artists: Duilio Forte, Christopher Broadbent, Denis Santachiara, Marco Ferreri, Barney Kulok, Svetlana Alpers, James Hyde, Barney Kulok, Cascina Masarola, Paola Anziché, Giordano Pozzi, Studio Formafantasma, Rocca d’Olgisio, Attilio Stocchi, Alice Cattaneo, Rashawn Griffin, Alice Cattaneo, Ezra Johnson, Fabienne Lasserre, Donna Moylan, Ron Gilad, David Alexander Flinn.

Project Los Altos: SFMOMA on the go

Jessica Stockholder, SFMOMA, 2013, site-related installation at the corner of State and 3rd in Los Altos. Materials used: paint on the ground and bleachers.

Project Los Altos: SFMOMA on the go

Date: November 9, 2013 through March 2, 2014
Place: Multiple sites in downtown Los Altos, California

SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester.


Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood at FRAC des Pays de la Loire

Jessica Stockholder, Hollow Places Fat and Hollow Places Thin, 2011, sculptures, dimensions variable, American ash wood, paint, plywood. Hollow Places Fat and Hollow Places Thin were made in collaboration with Clifford Moran. All works courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo: Jessica Stockholder.

Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood

Date: June 15 – September 2, 2012
Place: Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France

This exhibition will include a collection of works traveling from the exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum that ran from June 26 through December 31 2011. In the spring of 2009, The Aldrich cut down an ailing 100-year-old ash tree in the Sculpture Garden. Sculptor Jessica Stockholder collaborated with cabinetmaker Clifford Moran and screenprinter Gary Lichtenstein to make two free standing screens and a collection of leaning boards screen printed boards.

These works will be exhibited in relation to the architecture of the FRAC in Nantes and will include a new work made for the occasion.

Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood
FRAC des pays de la Loire
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jessica Stockholder talks about Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood