Jessica Stockholder has been commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) business organization to create a dramatic, three-dimensional public art installation this summer in the heart of the downtown "Loop." Stockholder, who is a pioneer of multimedia installations that incorporate the architecture in which they have been conceived, will create "Color Jam," a three-dimensional work of art containing flashes of color and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets of a prominent State Street intersection. "Color Jam" is the third installment of the public art initiative behind Tony Tasset's 3-story EYE sculpture in 2010.
The announcement was made by CLA Executive Director Ty Tabing at the Alliance's annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 16. "In the last two years, we have engaged Chicagoans through successful public art initiatives like Art Loop which includes Tony Tasset's 3-story EYE and Kay Rosen's GO DO GOOD installation," said Tabing. "Our goal is to continue to grow these programs and attract an even larger audience to the Loop with bold commissions such as Jessica Stockholder's installation for the upcoming Art Loop 2012."
Stockholder, formerly of Yale University, is currently a Professor in Visual Arts and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; among others.
Color Jam: Jessica Stockholder Commissioned for Major Downtown Chicago Public Art Installation
| by Levent Ozler