The Contemporary Austin Premiers Jessica Stockholder Outdoor Sculpture

Jessica Stockholder, Laguna Gloria, Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples, 2019, photos for the museum by Brian Fitzsimmons.

We recently received the first batch of photographs of the new Jessica Stockholder outdoor sculpture by Jessica Stockholder,The Contemporary, Austin. Titled Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples (2019), the work is made from powder-coated aluminum lamp poles with LED heads, poured and painted green epoxy resin and acrylic urethane, fiberglass outgrowths, concrete bollards with poured pink epoxy resin, orange fiberglass grating, turquoise plastic lumber, steel joists, and landscaping.

The visual and relational qualities of the installation evolve throughout each day as the atmospheric and lighting conditions change. The work will also evolve over time as the landscaping matures and spreads.

From The Contemporary Austin:

“With the eye of a painter, Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder is attentive to how color, form, and abstraction embedded in everyday objects are affective and meaningful. Prefabricated street lamps, grating, and bollards work together to create geometric form, both using volume and as a two-dimensional image. The lines between colors and the edges between materials function as drawing, shaping continuity between parts that includes negative space—such as the triangular volume of air held between the flat orange triangle on the platform and the green arms of the lamp heads above. The top of one lamp morphs into a lump of resin, divided in two by color; the line between the two colors suggests that the orange half of the shape is pushed up against a large green triangle and left dangling in the vast uncharted space outside of the sculpture. As a viewing platform, the work draws the surrounding landscape into its vortex.

“Song to mind uncouples” is a line from a poem by bpNichol (1944–1988).

“Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples follows the 2018 exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics and Robert Davidson: U and Eye, curated by Jessica Stockholder.

“This exhibition is organized by Julia V. Hendrickson, Associate Curator.”

(All images below: Jessica Stockholder, Laguna Gloria, Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples, 2019, photos for the museum by Brian Fitzsimmons.)