Born in Seattle, 1959; lives and works in Chicago
Cities are structured and ordered by geometry and color. They are filled with functional and purposeful markers — lines, shapes, and textures — that direct our movements and actions. When we thought about inviting an artist to address the expected visual framework of the downtown area of Los Altos (which forms a triangle), Jessica Stockholder immediately came to mind. Since the 1980s she has pushed the boundaries of painting and sculpture through works in the studio and site-specific installations. Color, often bold and vibrant, is the driving element in her work — it spills, it connects, it bisects, and it saturates, altering the physical and emotional significance of interior and outdoor locations.
Cross Hatch visually reconfigures the intersection of Fourth and State Streets. On top of the expected lines that mark the meeting of the two streets and delineate the pedestrian crossing Stockholder has overlaid painted geometric forms that are fractured and split. These bright, sharp, angular shapes pour onto and cling to the concrete sidewalk, the asphalt, the stone pavers, and a nearby parking lot, calling attention to their varying textures. Metal bleachers offer a heightened view of the patterned surface and a place to sit and watch pedestrians and cars as they add to the composition. Stockholder explains, "Drawings are made on the road all the time — inadvertently with oil from cars and trucks, and with paint laid down by road maintenance crews." Eventually, the vibrant colors of Cross Hatch will fade, marked up by tires, scuffed by shoes, dripped on by cars and passersby, and weathered by the elements, recording, through these markers of time, the everyday performances that took place here.
Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture
Jessica Stockholder on Cross Hatch
Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the City of Los Altos. The lead sponsor of this exhibition is Passerelle Investment Company.
Major support is provided by SFMOMA's Collectors Forum. Generous support is provided by the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Exhibition Fund, founded by Agnes Cowles Bourne; and Brit and Dave Morin. Jim Breyer, Randi and Bob Fisher, Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz, Nion T. McEvoy, and Thomas W. Weisel and Janet Barnes are sponsors of the exhibition. Additional support is provided by the Graue Family Foundation, Alka and Ravin Agrawal, The Black Dog Private Foundation, Phyllis and Bill Draper, Concepción and Irwin Federman, Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue, Christopher and Michele Meany, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Los Altos Community Foundation.