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Jessica Stockholder Biography

With an approach to art making that has consistently interrogated the intersection of the pictorial and the physical, Jessica Stockholder’s work has played a crucial role in widening the dialogue between sculpture and painting. Her multi-media apparatuses incorporate the spaces in which they are conceived – works have scaled and transformed everyday objects, covered floors, grown up walls, and even expanded out into the urban landscape.

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Stockholder’s arrangements defy categorisation and are underpinned by a logic that probes its viewers to consider the very ‘sculptural-ness’ and  ‘visual-ness’ of the encounter. As a highly acclaimed thinker, her formal decisions balance attention to the nature of perception and our experiences of chaos and control, inspiring questions in relation to our frames of understanding. Through probing the very tangibility of what’s conceived and experienced, Stockholder’s work deals with our fundamental interaction with art, form, space and location.

Stockholder is currently the Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at The University of Chicago. This position was assumed in 2011, after 12 years as Director of the Sculpture Department at the Yale School of Art. Stockholder was at the forefront of the Yale MFA, which nurtured some of the most progressive US-based artists of the last decade.

Jessica Stockholder lives and works in Chicago, IL. Recent exhibitions and installations include Door Hinges at Kavi Gupta Chicago (2015), Rose’s Inclination at Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (2015), Palpable Glyphic Rapture at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2015); Angled Tangle at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL (2014); Once Upon a Time at EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL (2014); Erstwhile & Notwithstanding at C.Ar.D: Contemporary Art and Design, Pienello, Italy (2014); Glimpse at Galleria Raffaela Coretese, Milan, Italy (2014) and Like Water If Pond As Lily at UCSF Medical Center, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA (2014).

She has exhibited widely in North America and Europe, at such venues as the Dia Center for the Arts, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Open Air Museum in Belgium, the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Venice Biennale; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; 1301PE Gallery in Los Angeles and Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York. Her work is represented in various collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous grants including the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Anonymous Was A Woman in 2012. She received her BFA from the University of Victoria in Canada in 1982, her MFA from Yale University in 1985, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr College of Art in 2010, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College in 2013.

Text courtesy Kavi Gupta.

Jessica Stockholder Featured Artworks

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Expression Blue by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderExpression Blue, 2013Wooden ladder, blue plastic parts, detergent bottle with blue detergent (Dawn.) plexiglass, orange clamp, white hook, blue vinyl, acrylic paint,
101 x 31 x 33 inches
Kavi Gupta Enquire
Back to Nature by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderBack to Nature, 2017Framed board, fake lemon, oil and acrylic paint, plastic bin, hardwood board,
28.25 x 12.25 x 16 inches
Kavi Gupta Enquire
Zero by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderZero, 2014Plastic tube, wooden handled wire brush, nylon rope, copper wire, acrylic
22 x 36 x 6.5 inches
Kavi Gupta Enquire
Over the Moon by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderOver the Moon, 2014Hook, hollow core door, acrylic paint, leather, vinyl, webbing, two
105 x 63 x 24 inches
Kavi Gupta Enquire
Cracks Belly by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderCracks Belly, 20154 printed photo banners with grommets, black TV stand, plastic parts, expanding foam, plastic ice trays, green concrete, silver string, blue plastic tube, silver tacks for hanging, acrylic paint
109.5 x 124 x 24.5 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Assist 3 by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderAssist 3, 2015Painted metal, ratchet clamp with yellow webbing, felt (if needed) and some kind of found support to clamp the work to
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Decals Roam to Move by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderDecals Roam to Move, 20158 hollow core door panels, vinyl, hardware, tree bark, copper flashing, cork veneer, photograph, acrylic paint, sheepskin, spool of wire, galvanised car part, Plexiglas and wood veneer
166 x 124 x 24.5 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery

Jessica Stockholder Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ASSISTED at Kavi Gupta, Chicago
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12 September 2015–16 January 2016 Group Exhibition ASSISTED Kavi GuptaElizabeth St, Chicago
Contemporary art exhibition, Jessica Stockholder, Door Hinges at Kavi Gupta, Chicago
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12 September 2015–16 January 2016 Jessica Stockholder Door Hinges Kavi GuptaElizabeth St, Chicago
Contemporary art exhibition, Curated by Brian Butler, Greetings from Los Angeles at Starkwhite, Auckland
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10 July–6 August 2012 Curated by Brian Butler Greetings from Los Angeles StarkwhiteAuckland

Jessica Stockholder Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago

Jessica Stockholder In Related Press

The Best Booths of Expo Chicago 2017 Related Press The Best Booths of Expo Chicago 2017 15 September 2017, Observer

Today, Expo Chicago returns to its home on the Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan. This is the sixth edition of the city's annual art fair and exhibition platform, which is the biggest of its kind in the Midwest. The center of the fair lies in the convention center, where 135 galleries, non-profit organizations, and arts publications from 25...

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Jessica Stockholder In Video & Audio

Galerie nächst St. Stephan: Jessica Stockholder on her exhibition - Snug Parting Related Video & Audio Galerie nächst St. Stephan: Jessica Stockholder on her exhibition - Snug Parting 13 July 2016, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

ESSICA STOCKHOLDER Snug Parting May 21 – July 30, 2016 Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder 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...

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