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found objects, humour, international, ladder, painting, sculpture

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ArtistJessica Stockholder
Production Date2013
Mediumladder, number 5 brass, grey plastic toy modules, yarn, string, green electrical cord, ochre Plexiglas, rope, acrylic paint, fake fur, cardboard angle, zip ties, TV mount, white hook, yellow tacks
Size2146 x 686 x 1245 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Accession Date18 Oct 2013
Accession NoC2013/1/27
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2013

Chartwell Notes

Jessica Stockholder is an American mixed-media artist and Chicago-based educator with wide international exposure. The Chartwell Collection has acquired Stockholder’s A-H, 2013, a work which combines found, sculptural and painterly elements in a colourful and materially rich way, and in doing so questions traditional definitions of painting and sculpture. A-H was made for an exhibition titled Lift, 10 July – 31 August 2013, at 1301PE in Los Angeles.  Stockholder’s representation within the Collection gives New Zealand’s art community the opportunity to view work by this high profile artist in New Zealand – an artist who has had a profound influence on many others. A-H is the second work of Stockholder’s to be added to the Collection; Untitled (2003) was also acquired in 2011. Imbedded within the seemingly disparate material structure of A-H, one can recognise a series of repeated A’s and H’s, both painted on and formed out of the found material’s structure. This sparks an intuitive and playful game; the longer one looks, the more letters can be found. The letters in this work also allude to ‘Ah-ha!’ – the experience of sudden discovery and creative thought. Through a process of deconstruction and juxtaposition, Stockholder’s work invites the audience to recognise familiar elements and create new meaning. A-H overturns traditional notions of painting and sculpture by disturbing the boundaries of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and creating a relationship between the floor and the wall through the leaning structure. The painterly aspects appear to be breaking free of any framing constraints; the unresolved and mysterious edges of A-H make obvious Stockholder’s process of making. Within the Chartwell Collection, the investigative and developmental practice of Stockholder is well represented and contributes to the vibrant collection of mixed-media and installation works. (RW, 2014)

Los Angeles, California

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