Jessica Stockholder

Photo: Lloyd Degrane

Jessica Stockholder

Born in 1959 in Seattle, Washington Currently lives in Chicago, Illinois Stockholder's work stands at the intersection between painting and sculpture. She has exhibited widely in North America and Europe and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Stockholder is known for her vibrant use of color and consideration of architecture in her site-specific installations. She uses a plethora of materials as grounds for the illusionistic picture making possibilities inherent in their surfaces. Stockholder's work includes a duality of classical formal structure contrasted against the chaotic abundance of the world. Her work makes room for happiness to emerge from challenge and difficulty. In 2013, Stockholder was commissioned by SFMOMA to produce a piece for Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley, an exhibition presented at multiple locations throughout downtown Los Altos. Stockholder's piece, Cross Hatch, reconfigures a main thoroughfare in the Silicon Valley city with fractured geometric shapes that call to mind the everyday performances of pedestrians and automobiles.