Magazine article Sculpture

New York

Magazine article Sculpture

New York

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jessica Stockholder

Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Though Jessica Stockholder is known for both freestanding sculptures and works that extend from the wall into space, she introduced an interactive component into her recent exhibition. Taking over almost half of a large gallery space, the title work, The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room, fused aspects of sculpture and painting with an active experience of viewing. Biomorphic shapes rendered in vibrant colors were transformed into a large stage and platform. Meanwhile, each viewer's individual engagement with the work helped to make it responsive to constant flux-Stockholder's sculptural rendition of an ephemeral moment. After entering the platform, one found a staircase leading to an elevated deck. Stockholder's drawings, grouped along adjacent walls at considerable height, came into view during the ascent. Comparatively small in scale, they required intimate viewing, which could only be achieved by traveling through the structure.

The show also included several of Stockholder's so-called "Assists," sculptures that must attach to something other than themselves, such as furniture, walls, or large appliances. Made from purchased and found materials, these works emphasize Stockholder as a gatherer and gleaner of fabricated fragments and everyday trivia. Here, furniture, plastic goods, hardware, linoleum, light bulbs, and paper were among the many eclectic ingredients. Despite her wide range of materials and sources, Stockholder possesses the stunning ability to create contained assemblages in which each element seems to need and inform the others. …

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