Jessica Stockholder

(Seattle, Washington, 1959 - )



43 x 34 x 12 1/2 in. (109.2 x 86.4 x 31.8 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of the Broido Family Collection


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2020 Objects to be Destroyed, Theresa Bembnister Stockholder is considered a pioneer of mixed media installations. She combines painting and sculpture in ways that have revitalized the language of formalism and abstraction in contemporary art. Stockholder’s installations and floor and wall sculptures have been described as “paintings in space.” Her work appears highly idiosyncratic, but close observation reveals formal decisions about color and composition, and a tempering of chaos with control. In a single work, Stockholder may use materials ranging from plastic fruit and toys to laundry baskets, curtains, fans, yarn, newspaper, bowling balls and construction materials like the concrete in this sculpture. She combines the vibrant, Technicolor plastic products of consumer culture with brilliant paint colors.

Found objects
Mixed media