Grab grassy this moment your I's
February 12 – May 29, 2011
Laumeier Sculpture Park presents an exhibition of recent sculpture by Jessica Stockholder. The exhibition, which opens February 12, features eleven sculptures full of quirks and unexpected materials. Stockholder’s work engages elements of painting, sculpture and architecture with objects more commonly found in backyards and living rooms. Her playful nature is reflected in the name of the exhibition, Grab grassy this moment your I’s. The title offers an abstract puzzle emblematic of her work that strives to change how we see common objects and materials.
The exhibition includes Stockholder’s work, Flooded Chambers Maid, 2009-10, installed in Laumeier’s Children’s Sculpture Garden in October 2010. The long-term loan was commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, was previously exhibited in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. The work will provide a platform for future performances, readings and children’s programs.
As the Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, arts education plays a critical role in Stockholder’s work. A reading and media room will accompany the exhibition where patrons can learn more about her visual vernacular and her use of language. With generous support from Alison and John Ferring, Laumeier is also working with TOKY Branding + Design, St. Louis to produce an artist book that pairs images of Stockholder’s work with interpretive poems by St. Louis poet Mary Jo Bang.
Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle, Washington in 1959. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Victoria, Canada, where she was raised, and her M.F.A. from Yale University where she studied painting and sculpture. Stockholder’s artistic career began in 1982 while still in school in Canada. Her practice continued to grow and in 1990 she exhibited work in France, The Netherlands and Belgium—her first international exhibitions. In 1991 Stockholder was in the Whitney Biennial and in 1998 she exhibited at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. Stockholder has exhibited in museums and galleries in Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Cologne, Denver, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, Oslo, Paris, Portland, Torino, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich, among others.
Exhibition Opening: February 12, 2011
4–5 PM Member Preview Reception and Artist Lecture [free for members]
5–7 PM Public Reception and Gallery Talk [free]
Friday, April 1, 6 PM
A Night of Poetry and Art with Mary Jo Bang | Campfire Chat Series [free]
Wednesday, April 27, 12 PM
Gallery Talk: Mats Stjernstedt, Director of the Kunsternes Hus, Oslo [free]
Museum hours are: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM (Free)
Jessica Stockholder, 2009, wooden pedestal, flag pole holder, metal pole, vinyl fabric, plastic parts, acrylic and oil paint, baskets, fabric covered board, pipe cleaners, thread, ribbon, yarn, six Ikea lamps, rope, ribbing, two green extension cords, carpet
124 x 67 x ceiling height”, courtesy of artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, New York
Photo: Maggie Nimkin, courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, New York
Funding for Jessica Stockholder: Grab grassy this moment your I's has been provided by St. Louis County Parks, the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Alison & John Ferring, the Moonrise Hotel and the Mark Twain Bank Endowment Fund.