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[BKARTS] Jessica Stockholder at Dieu Donne Papermill
Dieu Donne Papermill
433 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
(T) 212.226.0573 (F) 212.226.6088
Dieu Donne Papermill is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Jessica
Stockholder entitled Pucker featuring new artwork produced during the
artist's 2004 Lab Grant residency at Dieu Donne Papermill. The show will
feature five unique artworks and three editioned pieces. There will be a
reception for the artist on Thursday, March 3rd from 6 to 8pm.
Known for her installations that integrate an array of materials, textures
and colors, Jessica Stockholder worked at Dieu Donne Papermill with Dieu
Donne Artistic Director Paul Wong to produce a body of innovative works in
handmade paper possessing the vibrant palette and multidimensional
qualities characteristic of her sculptural work. To create these
multi-layered works, Stockholder capitalized on the adaptable qualities
inherent in the papermaking medium by embedding photographs and fabric into
the wet sheets and pressing objects onto the surfaces to create imprints.
Stockholder often bridged the layers of collage elements by adding layers
of pigmented pulp paint. Furthermore, the incorporation of found materials
combined with the different types and layers of pulps used caused the paper
to dry so that it puckers around certain elements, lending a tactility that
Stockholder's work often possesses. In Tape Measure Square, Stockholder
created a base sheet duo-toned in pink and blue and built up multiple
layers of shapes and imagery: a blue pulp painted grid, a translucent oval
hovering over the grid, an embedded photo of a red cooler with an
electrical cord and tape measure, and yellow and red paper pulp squares
collaged on top. This layering process and cockling that radiates from the
center of the work lends dimension and an expressive sense of movement to
this and many of the works in the exhibition.
In the catalogue essay that accompanies the exhibition Faye Hirsch writes,
"Vibrant, pulsating color is the overriding impression conveyed by the
several dozen works that Jessica Stockholder made during her Dieu Donné Lab
Grant residency. Paper pulp holds hues in a very special way; having
absorbed the pigments into its very stuff-literally, dissolved and
reconstituted fabric-the resulting work is saturated with color, which can
be so vivid that it conveys the impression of something almost purely
optical that hovers in our field of vision. A certain material vagueness in
pigmented paper pulp thus seems ideal for Stockholder, who has always
enjoyed the erasure of distinctions: between gross matter and art,
composition and formlessness, narrative and abstraction, sculpture and
As a culmination of Stockholder's Lab Grant residency, Dieu Donne published
number 7 of its Lab Grant publication series that includes an essay by Faye
Hirsch of Art in America. Copies are available upon request.
JESSICA STOCKHOLDER [b. 1959, Seattle, WA] received a BFA from the
University of Victoria in British Columbia and an MFA in sculpture from
Yale University. She has shown extensively in the US and abroad. A career
survey of her work, organized by the Blaffer Gallery in Houston, TX is
travelling the US and currently being shown at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery
in North Carolina. Her work is featured in numerous public collections
including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Saatchi and Saatchi
Collection, London, UK; and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Stockholder is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash and currently lives and
works in New Haven, CT where she is both a professor and Director of
Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University.
Founded in 1976, Dieu Donne Papermill, Inc. is an artist workspace
dedicated to the creation, promotion, and preservation of contemporary art
using the hand papermaking process. In support of this mission, Dieu Donne
collaborates with artists and partners with the professional visual arts
Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm.
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