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Jessica Stockholder | Beauty & Politics


EXCLUSIVE: In her New Haven, Connecticut studio, artist Jessica Stockholder discusses the relationship between beauty, pleasure and taste, and how all three have a role in defining and being defined by politics — alongside documentation of an exhibition of her sculptures at Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery in New York City.

A pioneer of multimedia genre-bending installations, Jessica Stockholder’s site-specific interventions and autonomous floor and wall pieces have been described as “paintings in space.” Her work is energetic, cacophonous, and idiosyncratic, but closer observation reveals formal decisions about color and composition, and a tempering of chaos with control.

Jessica Stockholder. Left: 2006 (inv. #438) Bamboo flooring boards, 2 green plastic bins, green thermos, lamp parts, plastic volume with tulle, wooden stool, hardware, rope, acrylic and oil paint, level caulking used as a primer on plastic and small parts; 96 x 144 x 112 inches. Right: 2006 (inv. #429), Furniture, tarp, pillows, lamp, plastic, glass jars; 105 x 51 x 30 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

Jessica Stockholder. Left: 2006 (inv. #427), Plastic lids, plastic parts, hardware, brackets, lamps, paper mache, paint, extension cords, plastic ball, dishwashing scrubby; 104 x 47 x 63 inches. Right: 2006 (inv. #435), Plastic parts, cushion, fabric, wood, cable, shelf, yarn, electric cord, tulle, light fixture, paint; 114 x 108 x 84 inches. Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

Jessica Stockholder, 2006 (inv. #433), Plastic baskets, mirror, nylon, carpet, tulle, thread, paint, arn, squirrel trap, sculpy, blanket, shower curtain, roof flashing, fur, roofing tar, plastic ties; 24 x 56 x 21 inches. Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Mead Hunt & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Merce Williams. Editor: Jenny Chiurco. Artwork Courtesy: Jessica Stockholder. Special Thanks: Jay Gorney and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

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