Color Jam, USA
by Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder’s ‘color jam’ installation (June6 – September 30, 2012) sees a downtown Chicago intersection awash with color.
The artist envisioned a ‘three-dimensional painting’, with color spilling out of windows, through doors, and onto the buildings and sidewalks of the intersection at State and Adams.
The fictive potential of surface, so thoroughly cultivated through the history of painting, is always ready to burst, spilling forth imagined richness, full of emotional, subjective resonance, and wandering focus is here woven together with the more mundane everyday surface of the street corner. The piece celebrates and demands that the evocative surface of this chicago street corner be expanded. the corner is canvas, stage, pedestal, and frame against which the public can view a parade of shifting color relationships.
Color Jam is part of Art Loop, an award-winning series that activates the loop with contemporary art. Previous Art Loop installations include Tony Tasset’s Eye And Cardinal (2010) and Kay Rosen’s Go Do Good (2011).
Color Jam’ invites the public to participate in a series of programs—or jams—taking the form of concerts, talks, and happenings throughout the loop. in addition, several loop businesses are offering color jam-themed specials, ranging from color-tinis to jammin’ hotel discounts.