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Jessica Stocholder, residency April 1997 to October1997

Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959, and lives and works in New York.

Since the 1980s, her work has been the subject of several publications and public acquisitions. Her work has been shown internationally in New York at the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, in London, at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and at the 47th Venice Biennale. In parallel with her creative work, she teaches at Yale University in the United States.
Jessica Stockholder's work can take the form of monumental or smaller-scale installations, but all are constructed from everyday objects, salvaged, assembled, taped together and sometimes covered with fabric or flat areas of paint.

Jessica Stockholder's interest lies in conceiving her installations in terms of color, volume, surface and composition, notions inherent to painting. Color is often used by apposition of complementary hues, creating a play of multiple tensions capable of structuring a space.

At Atelier Calder, Jessica Stockholder has created two installations, one exhibited simultaneously at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, and the other at the Musée Picasso in Antibes.

Both works are conceived as architectural ensembles, carefully orchestrating the balance between disparate elements. In Nantes, Nit Picking Trumpets of Iced Blues Vagaries is composed of an immense stack of buckets, an imposing volume that responds to the space of the Salle Blanche, a more classical reflection of the museum's architecture. For the Antibes installation, the space is much more delicate, so the work is more linear, like a drawing in space.


Photos: André Morin, Guillaume Blanc

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