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Figure-Ground Relations

Figure-Ground Relations

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Jessica Stockholder’s description of her installation, “Catcher’s Hollow,” made in Withe de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as a description of Rembrandt’s self portrait, seen in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Jessica Stockholder’s description of her installation, “Catcher’s Hollow,” made in Withe de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as a description of Rembrandt’s self portrait, seen in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Published by: mutasis on Feb 18, 2011
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Figure-GroundRelations
Jessica Stockholder
© 1993 JESSICA STOCKHOLDER
 
Part I — Catcher’s Hollow:Feeding StationLaunching Pad
T
he first view
is of a wall; the wall is rec-tangular, flat, and painted. Tere are threesquare holes in the wall through which awooden structure breaks from the otherside. While the wall acts as ground for the painting, it is also a sculpturalelement, or figure, in its relation to the wooden structure behind.Te three square holes through the wall become figures at play withthe painted pieces on the wall. A painted grey shape is covered withtransparent packing tape. Te grey is very close to the color of thefloor. Te tape runs onto the floor and forms a rectangle of shininess.Te flat paint on the wall and the painted surface of the floor becomeground to the shiny tape.From here it is possible to see the green cable antenna fixed to theroof outside the window.Te wall stands in the center of the room like an oversized column.Moving around to the other side of the column reveals the woodenstructure. It spreads from the floor through the column, and back toone of the walls that forms the room. It is an object supported by, andattached to, the room, but nevertheless a figure in the room. It is alsoa grid which supports another grid, affixed to it made of pieces cut

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