Jessica Stockholder: Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air

February 2–May 1, 2006

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present a new solo project by Jessica Stockholder, her second presentation at the museum. Utilizing mass-produced objects and found materials, she will create a large-scale sculpture for P.S.1's two-story Duplex Gallery. Jessica Stockholder: Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air is on view from February 2 through May 1, 2006.

Employing everyday goods such as plastic bags and containers, extension cords, lumber, plywood, carpets and furniture, Stockholder draws attention to the aesthetic qualities of these often overlooked items while avoiding overt symbolism and narrative storytelling. With deliberate placement and the eye of a master colorist, she maps out a constructed world informed by numerous artistic traditions, including Abstract Expressionism, color field painting, installation, and Minimalism.

For P.S.1, Stockholder will create a composition incorporating fabric and household furniture illuminated by a configuration of plastic tubs and light bulbs suspended from the ceiling. Viewable from above, the sculpture alludes to a theatrical stage where the artist has enacted her work.

Jessica Stockholder (b. 1959) is Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Dia Center for the Arts and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the 47th Venice Biennial in 1997; and currently at Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark. She was born in Seattle and brought up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Jessica Stockholder was a P.S.1 studio artist from 1988 to 1989. Her work, Making a Clean Edge, was part of a group show featuring studio artists in 1989.


Jessica Stockholder: Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air is curated by P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss.