In this exhibition, Stockholder acts as both artist and curator. In addition to presenting a retrospective of her oeuvre, Centraal Museum has also invited Stockholder to incorporate pieces from their vast collection of artworks, objects, and artifacts. As Stockholder explains: "I have selected items from the collection that resonate with my own work. In a certain sense I treated the collection as one of my materials, and have investigated how the meaning of each work changes depending on the context." The exhibition Jessica Stockholder: Stuff Matterswill run from April 19 to September 1st, 2019.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Stockholder has also made a public art intervention, installing a new Assistsculpture to connect De Menselijke Ontmoeting (The Human Encounter) by Paul Kingma with Hans Wimmer's Groot Gezadeld Paard (Large Saddled Horse). The resulting work, Assist: Rider (pictured above), is now on view in the new sculpture garden on Croeselaan in Utrecht. Furthermore, ahead of the exhibition's opening, De Ateliers in Amsterdam will host an artist's talk by Jessica Stockholder, moderated by Monika Szewczyk, newly appointed director of De Appel, at 5pm today.
In her work, Stockholder combines all sorts of everyday items – ranging from umbrellas and cushions to furniture and lamps – to form an overwhelming composition. Through her playful manipulation of form and color, she is able to transform the entire environment her sculptures and installations reside in. With her open-minded approach to the world, Stockholder aims to disrupt our usual view of the items and materials that surround us daily, and to subvert our notions regarding what is worthwhile and what is worthless. We are proud to have first shown Jessica's work at the gallery in 2000.