June 09, 2012
"Color Jam" — Jessica Stockholder
From Gwenda Blair's June 5 New York Times story:
"This week 'Color Jam' begins a summer-long occupation of an intersection in the Loop in downtown Chicago. By wrapping the four corners of State and Adams Streets (and parts of buildings there) in swaths of burnt orange, lime green and turquoise — think of Christo meets Hans Hofmann — she deconstructs this slice of the business-as-usual world and transforms it into a playful and imaginative realm."
"Ms. Stockholder is known for multidimensional, site-specific works that merge painting and sculpture."
"Ms. Stockholder said watching one of her ideas take physical shape involved some surprises. 'These are commercial products and colors, developed for signage, but seeing them in the streetscape, amid signs for CVS, Bank of America and Foot Locker, made everything seem brighter and more vivid.'"
"'Color Jam,' one of the largest public art installations in the city’s history, made its debut on Tuesday and will remain in place until September."
YouTube caption for the video up top, posted on June 2:
"'Color Jam' transforms four corner buildings at State and Adams into planes of bright color."
YouTube caption for the video above: "Between June and September of 2012, a central Loop intersection will be transformed into an artist's canvas as part of the annual Art Loop: an award-winning series that introduces Chicagoans to the best in contemporary public art. Commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, renowned artist Jessica Stockholder will create a site specific, three-dimensional work of art titled 'Color Jam.' 'Color Jam' will saturate streets, sidewalks and building facades with a bold and resonant palette, creating a sensation of 'walking through an animated film.'"
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