Posted On: March 31, 2009
Jessica Stockholder’s Flooded Chambers Maid is a site-specific multimedia installation on and around Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn by the genre-bending sculptor, painter, and installation artist.
For more than two decades, Jessica Stockholder has continuously fashioned a new language for sculpture and installation art, one that applies a painter’s sense of form, pattern, texture, and color to three-dimensional spaces. Using a staggering variety of media, from heavy-duty construction material to mass-produced commercial products and live horticulture, Stockholder’s assemblages of unlikely materials combine and bloom amidst a colorful chaos.
Inspired by the interplay of natural and man-made patterns in the design of Madison Square Park and born of an experiential approach to art making, Flooded Chambers Maid is anchored by a 1300 sq. ft. arrow-shaped platform sprawling across the northern end of the park’s Oval Lawn. The platform–a wildly colorful combination of custom-cut and colored industrial steel and molded fiberglass grating–emerges from a shock of chromatic rubber mulch. The platform’s pop colors spill from its edge, leading to a colored staircase and viewing platform installed on one of the smaller adjacent lawns. From this elevated perspective, visitors are invited to view the installation’s garden: swaths of bright flowers and bold-hued plastic bins and buckets that sweep across the small adjoining lawn in an energetic expanse.
Flooded Chambers Maid bears all the hallmarks of Stockholder’s work while effortlessly embracing both the landscape and ethos of Madison Square Park. The exhibition will be on view concurrently with two New York City exhibitions of Stockholder’s work at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (opening May 7) and Senior & Shopmaker Gallery (opening May 21).
About the Artist
Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle, WA, and lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a degree in painting from University of British Columbia and an MFA from Yale University, where she is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture. Known for a multi-genre artistic practice described as “painting in space,” Stockholder’s mixed-media installations bring together materials as disparate as industrial steel, live horticulture, buckets, bowling balls, cars, furniture, fans and food. The resulting site-specific interventions effect vivid and energetic transformation.
Stockholder has exhibited extensively and to great acclaim in the United States and abroad since the mid-1980s: Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; Venice Biennale; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Her work is included in many significant public collections, including those of Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum, London; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Saatchi & Saatchi Collection, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lucelia Artist Award from Smithsonian American Art Museum and the John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Visual Art.
She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Galerie Nathalie Obadia and Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder.
Major Support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by Founding Partners Agnes Gund and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by Ronald A. Pizzuti, Toby Devan Lewis and the Henry Luce Foundation. Support for Flooded Chambers Maid is provided by Toby Devan Lewis, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, and Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder. This project is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Mad. Sq. Art is made possible by the leadership and generosity of the many friends of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.