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Jessica Stockholder: Thinking Big, Going Small

Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto May 21 to Jul 10 2010
Jessica Stockholder  <i>Untitled</i>  2000  Courtesy Barbara Edwards Contemporary Jessica Stockholder Untitled 2000 Courtesy Barbara Edwards Contemporary

Jessica Stockholder <i>Untitled</i> 2000 Courtesy Barbara Edwards Contemporary

The BC-trained, Connecticut-based artist Jessica Stockholder is famous for large-scale installations that seem to engulf every inch of a gallery space with a dizzying array of everyday objects—from fans and birdcages to hay and oranges. Since the 1980s, this installation practice made her a key figure in bridging and redefining the categories of painting and sculpture. Interestingly, Stockholder’s latest solo exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Toronto features a suite of smaller works on paper that cogently repackage the artist’s signature style for the two-dimensional plane. The intimacy of these works offers a new opportunity to appreciate Stockholder’s unique process of composition and dynamic aesthetic abilities. For instance, colour has always been crucial to Stockholder’s art, but in these drawings it takes on a new prominence; while keeping her usual vibrant and high-key palette, Stockholder experiments with the colour white, a strategy that references both the medium of paper and the framing device of the gallery walls. In this diminutive format, Stockholder continues to transform commonplace objects into painterly-sculptural microcosms of saturated hue and playful form. (1069 Bathurst St, Toronto ON)

This article was first published online on May 27, 2010.

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