MoMA PS1, Long Island City

MoMA PS1 | 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46 Ave., Queens
NY 11101 Long Island City

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(Long Island City, New York – January 20, 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; 47th Venice Biennale 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, CT. 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.

Exhibitions at P.S.1 are made possible by the Annual Exhibition Fund with support from Peter Norton and the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, The Goldsmith Foundation, Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, Kathleen and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., David Teiger, Michel Zaleski, Christopher Daly and Sheldrake Organization Inc., Sue & Edgar Wachenheim Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation, Dennis W. LaBarre, Lawton W. Fitt, L. Matthew Quigley & Elizabeth Quigley, Mathis-Pfohl Foundation, SilverCup Studios, Brandon Paul Coburn, Sholom & Zuckerbrot Realty LLC, Yellow Book U.S.A. and The Friends of Education in honor of Peter Norton and Gwen Adams and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.


Jessica Stockholder: Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air
Kurator: Alanna Heiss