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Jessica Stockholder Biography

Born in 1959 in Seattle, Washington, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.

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Jessica Stockholder studied painting at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and received an MFA from Yale University. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Art and Design, Vancouver. Up until 2010, Stockholder worked as a director and professor of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University. She is currently the faculty chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. She has received many awards and grants, including the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Anonymous Was A Woman award.

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, Colour 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 intensely formal and abstract and are 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.

In 1997, Stockholder participated in the Venice Biennale in 1997 and the Whitney Biennial in 2004. She has had solo exhibitions at the Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands (2019), the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, Spain (2012); Musée d’Art moderne de St. Etienne, France (2012); Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2010); Madison Square Park, New York City (2009); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island (2006); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2005); Blaffer Art Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (2004); Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (2003); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2003); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2000); Dia Center for the Arts, New York City (1995); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (1993), and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1991).

Her works can be found in such museum collections as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Musée Picasso d'Antibes, France, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, and Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, California.

Jessica Stockholder Featured Artworks

Extramural Coupling 6 by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderExtramural Coupling 6, 2018Watercolour, acrylic, graphite on paper
34 x 48 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work
Spirited Away by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderSpirited Away, 2019Tree bark, mesh fabric, oil paint, silicone scrunchy, copper metal foil, paper, acrylic medium
35 x 47 x 7 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work
3D Lens by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica Stockholder3D Lens, 2019shelf, acrylic and oil paint, paper maché, green net, copper foil, hardware
67 x 30 x 25 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work
Untitled by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderUntitled, 1992Pencil, coloured chalk on paper
27.8 x 35.5 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work
Assist: Three squared from the river bank by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderAssist: Three squared from the river bank, 2018Painted steel and aluminium, velcro fasteners, strap
244 x 118 x 111 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work
Lay of the Land by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork
Jessica StockholderLay of the Land, 2014Orange plastic shopping baskets, 17 traffic mirrors, oriental rug, 15 wooden stools, acrylic paint, hanging lamps with glass bulbs, fittings
275 x 345 x 350 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder Enquire about this work

Jessica Stockholder Recent Exhibitions

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 Starkwhite, Auckland

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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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