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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.