JESSICA STOCKHOLDER
STOCKHOLDER
29 JUNE – 24 AUGUST, 2016
press: Artforum, Village Voice

56 HENRY is delighted to present Stockholder, an exhibition of assemblage-based sculptures by Jessica Stockholder. Comprised of three works made between 2006 and 2009, the exhibition will be on view from June 29 through August 7, 2016.

Widely regarded for her rigorous and playful formalism, Jessica Stockholder is known for her large-scale installations and architectural interventions that incorporate unexpected sculptural elements. Working on a decidedly smaller scale for her installation at the gallery, Stockholder will present a set of three assemblages made from nontraditional materials in her signature Technicolor palette. Two stacked totems of similar height stand in the main gallery space, composed of plastic buckets, painted lampshades, fake fur, and coffee mugs, among other bargain-bin items. On an adjacent wall, a collection of curved plastic forms and dishwashing brushes sit on a wooden shelf, bound together with threaded rods and various pieces of industrial hardware.

In Stockholder’s work, objects with no utilitarian relationship are bound together in bewildering compositions. Formal experimentation and a logic of color are given precedence over representation in her sculpture, and quotidian objects are often resituated to foreground their surprising material qualities. She works with “things the mind already knows,” resisting complete transformation of her chosen elements in favor of the delight that comes from recognition. Stockholder’s omnivorous approach to nontraditional materials, and her muscular ability to transform a space into a complete experience, has given license to generations of younger artists who now work in her liberated and expanded field

Jessica Stockholder received her B.F.A. the University of Victoria, Canada, and her M.F.A. from Yale University. Stockholder's work has been the subject of numerous solo presentations at museumes around the world, including the Dia Center for the Arts and MoMA P.S. 1 (New York), The Renaissance Society and The Smart Museum (Chicago), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut), Musée d'art moderne, Saint-Etienne (Métropole, France), the Power Plant (Toronto), Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik (Odense, Denmark) and K20 Kunstsammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf). Before assuming her current position as Director of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, Stockholder was the Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University from 1999 through 2011. Stockholder is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Exhibition at 56 HENRY are visible 24 hours a day. Gallery doors are open to the public on Tuesdays through Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm. For information, please contact Ellie Rines at (646) 858-0800 or info@56henry.nyc.