by Laura Hutson
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, artist Jessica Stockholder will deliver this year's Presidential Lecture in Art and Art History at Lipscomb's Ward Hall. And while I know for a fact that several Country Life readers are Lipscomb students and faculty members, I'd like to put in a bid for those of you who have no affiliation with the university to go to the lecture, just for fun. Why? Because Stockholder's a smart, unusual sculptor who works with brightly colored plastic containers instead of marble or granite slabs. Because she assembles her works like a collage artist working in three dimensions. And because academic art talks are so much more fun when you don't have to rely on students looking for class credit to fill the seats around you.
From Lipscomb's press release:
Stockholder is a pioneer of multimedia genre-bending installations that have become a prominent language in contemporary art. Her site-specific interventions and autonomous floor and wall pieces have been described as “paintings in space.” Her complex installations incorporate the architecture in which they have been conceived, blanketing the floor, scaling walls and ceiling and even spilling out of windows, through doors and into the surrounding landscape.
The goal of the Presidential Lectures on Art and Art History is to bring prominent art historians and practicing artists to the Nashville community to serve as a catalyst for further growth and discussion among our students and local artists.
Watch the episode of PBS' Art 21 that focuses on Stockholder's playful practice — which reminds me of Nashville-based artist Alex Lockwood, whose work I've written about here and here, but with the ambitious scale of the Mike Kelley retrospective at PS1 — after the jump.