Wide Eyes Smeared Here Dear by Jessica Stockholder
Patron: DAM Contemporaries
Jessica Stockholder began as a painter, but she quickly moved on to work with a variety of materials—from plywood, furniture, and carpet to electrical cords, fans, and plastic objects.
I’ve always loved color, it’s what may be the most important material I work with. I’ve used a lot of plastic in these more recent works, because I’m interested in the fact that the color goes all the way through the plastic, next to materials where you know the color is very shallow.
Stockholder’s installation spans several levels Hamilton Building, extending through the atrium and into the temporary exhibition gallery on level two.
© Jessica Stockholder. Photos by Jeff Wells.
Meet the Artist
Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959 and spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her BFA from the University of Victoria in 1982 and earned her MFA from Yale University in 1985. Stockholder received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in sculpture in 1988 and a John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Visual Art in 1996. She lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut and is currently Direc- tor of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale.
Stockholder began exhibiting in the early 1980s and has shown widely at insti- tutions around the world. She has been the focus of solo exhibitions at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York, P.S.1 Con- temporary Art Center, New York, and the Power Plant, Toronto, among many others. She was included in the Whitney Biennial in New York in 1991, the Venice Biennale in 1997, and the Site Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico in 2001. Her work is in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York.
Photo of the artist by Marc Piscotty.
Growing Rock Candy Mountain – Grasses in Canned Sand, 1992. Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany. © Jessica Stockholder. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
Untitled, 2009. Wooden pedestal, flag pole holder, metal pole, vinyl fabric, plastic parts, acrylic and oil paint, baskets, fabric-covered board, thread, pipe cleaners, ribbon, yarn, six Ikea lamps, rope, ribbing, carpet, two green extension cords. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.