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Jessica Stockholder at Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana Contemporary

September 14 – October 24, 2014

Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana presents Jessica Stockholder: trees, an exhibition featuring original silkscreen monoprints created by Stockholder and Lichtenstein as a result of their collaboration on the production of Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2011. On view from September 14 to October 24, 2014, the exhibition is presented at Gary Lichtenstein Editions, on the second floor of Mana Contemporary.

Published and printed by Gary Lichtenstein Editions, trees was a project inspired by the sculpture installation that comprised Hollow Places Court in Ash-Tree Wood – an exhibition that provided Jessica Stockholder with the opportunity to bring her continuing concern with the transient nature of visual phenomena into direct collision with the permanence that trees represent. Applying the same methodology to an edition of silkscreen prints on paper, Stockholder spontaneously created imagery that leaps from the page in a variety of different directions. Simultaneously, she has achieved a quiet consistency that resonates across all 83 unique pieces. The color variations within the series are striking to behold, individually and as a collective group.

Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle in 1959 and grew up in Vancouver. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and received an M.F.A. from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1985. Stockholder is a pioneer of multimedia, genre-bending installations that have become a prominent language in contemporary art. Stockholder’s complex works 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. Stockholder’s installations, sculptures and collages affirm the primacy of pleasure, the blunt reality of things and the rich heterogeneity of life. Her work has been exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Venice Biennale; the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Jessica Stockholder was a recipient of The Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award this past March, 2014.

Gary Lichtenstein is a publisher and printer of limited fine art silkscreen editions. Over the course of his remarkable 40-year career, Gary Lichtenstein has published a wide range of silkscreen editions with artists including Michael DeFeo, Joanne Greenbaum, Gerard Hemsworth, Charles Hinman, Richard Meier, Rebecca Miller, John Newsom and Gary Panter.. He has printed for industry legends including Karl Benjamin, Robert Cottingham, Bob Gruen, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz and Ken Price. Despite, and because of, rich historical influences, Gary Lichtenstein’s vision and artistic intellect are uniquely his own and clearly evident throughout the enormous portfolio of work that spans his 40-year career.  Lichtenstein’s work has been exhibited and collected by, among others, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Chicago Art Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, the College of Art & Architecture at the University of Tennessee, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Silvermine Arts Center and the International Print Center NYC.