Door Hinges, Jessica Stockholder's first solo exhibition in Chicago in 24 years, includes studio works that bridge painting and sculpture alongside an installation that tethers the outside of the gallery to the inside. A winding platform leads the viewers to her latest body of work, Assists. Stockholder’s Assists explore the interstitial space between works of art and their surrounding objects, questioning notions of boundary and dependence while responding to the landscape of the human-made things that has been explored by Stockholder’s work in the past. The Assists are strapped to found furniture and appliances, sometimes acting as a pedestal for artwork by Stockholder or other artists. The Assist has a symbiotic relationship with its adjoining objects, and indeed cannot stand alone without them.
The evocative space embodied in Stockholder’s paintings communicates something of the interiority of human experience chipping away at the essential aloneness of human beings. Paintings hang on walls; picture-making occurs in relation to surface; architecture provides walls and surface; and architecture is inserted into landscape. Stockholder calls attention to the human processing and resultant transformation of objects from the natural realm. While some of the human-made objects utilized in Door Hinges have celebrated authors, most makers remain anonymous. This is one more way in which she explores questions of framing and context. The Assists occupy the space between all of these junctures much like hinges occupy the space between a door and its jamb. Door Hinges is presented in conjunction with ASSISTED, a group exhibition curated by Jessica Stockholder.
ASSISTED follows on two earlier related ventures and accompanies her solo exhibition titled Door Hinges at Kavi Gupta in Chicago this September. The first project, Table Top Sculpture, included works by other artists at Jay Gorney Modern Art in 2003 in a curated seating area placed at the entryway to the gallery. The second was The Jewel Thief, curated collaboratively by Stockholder and Ian Berry at the Tang Museum in 2010, the work of over 60 artists intersected with the means of display and blurred the lines between artworks and pedestals, wall coverings, floor coverings, and lighting.
ASSISTED highlights a select grouping of artists that are interested in the potential of alternative exhibition modalities. The group exhibition is integrated into the solo exhibition with works appearing both independently and on Stockholder's Assists. ASSISTED creates a kind of visual community of artists invested in a particular way of investigating form and objecthood. Featuring works by Laylah Ali, Polly Apfelbaum, Anthony Caro, Patrick Chamberlain, Cheryl Donegan, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Sol LeWitt, Nancy Lupo, Rebecca Morris, Sam Moyer, Jo Nigoghossian, Stephen Prina, Michael Queenland, Kay Rosen, Haim Steinbach, and Tony Tasset.
Jessica Stockholder lives and works in Chicago, IL. Recent exhibitions and installations include Erstwhile & Notwithstanding at C.Ar.D: Contemporary Art and Design, Pienello, Italy (2014); Angled Tangle at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL (2014); Wide Eyes Smeared Here Dear at Musee D’art Moderne, Saint-Etienne Metropole, France (2012); Peer Out to See at Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); and Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2006). Stockholder was Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University for twelve years and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.