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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.

Exhibition view: Jessica Stockholder, Specific Shapes, Kavi Gupta, Washington Blvd, 2nd floor, Chicago 23 October–18 December 2021).

Jessica Stockholder Featured Artworks

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Poles Apart by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork sculpture
Jessica StockholderPoles Apart, 2017Steel bookcase with four shelve, six discarded electronic elements, oil paint, sheep, wool, and wire
174 x 88.9 x 38.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
She sells sea shells by the sea shore by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Jessica StockholderShe sells sea shells by the sea shore, 2019Digital rug printed at Bags of Love, oil paint, printer, and wooden stool
200.7 x 147.3 x 94 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Assist: Flagged & Down by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork sculpture
Jessica StockholderAssist: Flagged & Down, 2017Nylon sports shirts, nylon webbing tie down with winch, acrylic paint, fabric, string, wire rod, steel
152.4 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Assist: Stripped Strike by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork sculpture
Jessica StockholderAssist: Stripped Strike, 2017Tree branches, plastic mirror, acrylic paint, fabrics, embroidery thread, hardware, metal struts, load hugger yellow webbing, and ratchet
238.8 x 66 x 61 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Cracks Belly by Jessica Stockholder contemporary artwork sculpture
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 sculpture
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 sculpture
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 Current & Recent Exhibitions

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

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