Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Adrift in the Wonderworld: Women Make Meaning of Moby Dick at Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, OH

Still from Speak, Thou Vast and Venerable Head by Julia Oldham

Professor Bob Wallace, a literature professor and Melville scholar, has partnered with gallerist Marta Hewett to curate an exhibition of 9 female artists making work about the novel Moby Dick. This exhibition runs from April 23 to August 15, 2016 at Marta Hewett Gallery, 1310 Pendleton St, Cincinnati, Ohio.



MAY 7, 2016 at 2 PM: Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick Gallery Tour and Discussion led by Author Elizabeth A. Schultz

Join us for a walk through the current gallery exhibit, Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick led by noted author and former Fulbright Lecturer Elizabeth A. Schultz. We will discuss the works presented by the nine contemporary women artists in the exhibit. Ms. Schultz will speak about the artists’ pieces in relation to the history of women artists' visual interpretations of Moby-Dick as well as in relation to the differences between their representation of Moby-Dick and that in art by men. We will draw attention to these artists' particularly feminist interpretations of both the novel's characters and of whales. Schultz will shed light on these nine artists' visions of the novel in direct relation to their different aesthetics. We will relate these women's works to other contemporary artists' works by exploring the diversity of artists' interpretations of Melville's novel over many decades. 

About Elizabeth A. Schultz

In 1995, Elizabeth Schultz published the pioneering book of the study of the relationship between Moby- Dick and twentieth-century American art, "Unpainted to the Last." She has curated numerous exhibitions on art related to Melville's work in addition to continuing to work extensively on this subject. Retiring from the University of Kansas' Department of English, she has become a dedicated advocate for the arts and the environment. She continues to write about the people and places she loves and has published two scholarly books, five books of poetry (three in 2014: The Sauntering Eye, Mrs. Noah Takes the Helm, The Quickening), a memoir, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays. Her scholarly and creative work has appeared in numerous journals and reviews. A former Fulbright Lecturer, Elizabeth Schultz has taught and written widely in the fields of American studies and nineteenth and twentieth century American literature with a special emphasis on feminism and multiculturalism.

How to Escape a Black Hole at White Box in Portland, OR


Julia Oldham’s newest video work is a 4-channel journey into the cosmos. In How To Escape a Black Hole, a wall-sized floating head leads her viewers into a light trance and then toward a black hole at the center of the galaxy. Along the way, her spirit animal Astrolotl creates an environment of relaxation geared toward those who experience ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or a euphoric and tingling experience in the head and back caused by various sensory stimuli). Drawing from YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis, meditation and ASMR videos, Oldham builds an experiential piece that blends internet-based new age and self-help culture with a physics lesson in a virtual planetarium.

I hope to see you this THURSDAY from 5-7 PM at White Box, 24 NW First Ave, Portland, OR!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Julia Oldham; Girl Masked in Oregon Arts Watch!

I'm delighted to share this profile of me and my studio by Sabina Poole in Oregon Arts Watch!


Photo by Sabina Poole for Oregon Arts Watch

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall News!

Hello dear friends! I am writing to share some fall news with you, in hopes that I might see you here or there... Love, Julia


Peekskill Project 6
100-150 North Water St, in Peekskill, NY
Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 until December 31​
http://peekskillproject6.org/

Really Large Numbers (my collaboration with Chad Stayrook) has a new installation on view in Peekskill, NY as part of Peekskill Project 6, a large group show in and around the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Our new piece is called Anomaly no. 2: Meteorite, and it will take you for a ride through the cosmos. We worked with curator Alessandro Facente for this project. The work will be on view on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 PM until December 31.


To See the Sky With the Naked Eye
Union Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI
October 13, 7 PM

My video Infinitely Impossible will be included in the wonderfully named screening To See the Sky With the Naked Eye in Milwaukee. Co-presented by the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UWM, this program combines select 16mm works from the UWM Cinema Arts Archive and video works from artists invited by the curator to contemplate the depth and range of phenomena surrounding the untouchable sky and space that surrounds us. Curated by Taka Suzuki, this screening will take place on October 13 at 7 PM at the Union Cinema.


​From Nowhere at Sluice Art Fair
Bargenhouse, London UK
October 16, 11 AM to 6 PM
sluice.info/screens

My video Star Noise will be included in From Nowhere at Sluice Art Fair this year. Sluice__screens is a strand of Sluice programming that focuses specifically on projected/video art. This year, several artists and curators were invited to program a day each. From Nowhere is curated by Jean-Michel Crapanzano.


Art Seen
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
November 11, 7:30PM
http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/

I will be screening Laika's Lullaby, an ode to the soviet spacedog Laika with music by the amazing Lindsay Keast, as part of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, organized by Caryn Coleman, at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY this November. On the evening of November 11 at 7:30 pm, I will be joining Zachary Heinzerling, Marcel Dzama, Ronni Thomas and Takeshi Murata for a screening and panel discussion as part of Art Seen.


​Cinespace (Houston Cinema Arts Festival/NASA)
She Works Flexible, 1709 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX
Opening reception November 12, 5 PM

I am very excited to be showing two videos and a series of drawings at She Works Flexible gallery in Houston TX in conjunction with the Houston Cinema Arts Festival's collaboration with NASA, Cinespace. I'll be joining Jeanne Liotta and Laura Heit for this 3-person exhibition and will be giving an artist talk and screening 4 videos on November 15. Curated by Richard Herskowitz.


Venus Vault, 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH
Opening Reception: November 20, 6 – 9 pm
On view at SPACES: November 20, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Laika's Lullaby (with music by Lindsay Keast) will be included in the the feminist planetarium program Venus Vault at Spaces. Enter a cozy womb-like environment where you can safely consider the underpinnings of everything you thought you knew about everything. Engage in a tender exploration of a familiar/foreign planet via the 3D Mission: Cleveland Land Mass; spelunk inner space with Baby! Love your Body! Episode 1; and question authority in astronomy with Womyn Space. Shed an astral tear for the first bitch in space over Laika's Lullaby; go into deep space (if you dare) with Pink Black Hole; and back in time to the witchy origins of the universe with Middle of the Night. Then tumble gently back to earth on Le Voyage Dans la Lune.


Flutteries, or a Feeling of Impending Doom
Art in Buildings, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY

There's one more week to check out Flutteries, or a Feeling of Impending Doom, a two-person show with Really Large Numbers (my collab with Chad Stayrook) and Jessica Segall with Art in Buildings in Manhattan. Visit the lobby of 125 Maiden Lane any day of the week to check it out before it comes down!

Thanks for reading, and have a marvelous autumn!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Laika's Lullaby (Julia Oldham with Lindsay Keast)



In the animated piece Laika’s Lullaby, I work with musician Lindsay Keast to tell the tragic story of the Soviet space dog Laika, who in 1957 became one of the first animals to be launched into space, her small form orbiting the earth for only a few hours before her death. The video chronicles the events of her one way flight.

This piece was premiered at the Portland Pataphysical Society in Portland, OR, as a part of my solo exhibition Farewell, Brave Voyager. Jeff Jahn of PORT wrote "Julia Oldham's Farewell Brave Voyager at the Portland Pataphysical Society may be the most emotionally demanding exhibition one will see in Portland all year. It is easily the strongest solo show on view at the moment, presenting a tale of science, sacrifice and a compelling combination of whimsy laced with a lethal dose of tragedy." Read the entire review here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Feather Bomb by Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook) at Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami. Photos by Monica McGivern.






Feather Bomb by Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook)
Photos by Monica McGivern

Whale Star at Emerson Dorsch in Miami as Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook)








Whale Star by Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook)
Photos by Monica McGivern

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf at Emerson Dorsch, as Really Large Numbers with Chad Stayrook (photos by Monica McGivern)






Winter Wolf (Canis Lupus Hibernus) and Shadow Wolf (Canis Lupus Umbrus), performance, 2014 

The most notable characteristic of this species pair is their symbiotic relationship: Shadow Wolf is in fact Winter Wolf’s shadow. Although this connection is occasionally tenuous and violent, the Winter Wolf is never without its shadow for more than a few moments at a time. In fact, one cannot survive without the other and Winter Wolf and Shadow Wolf rely on each other for nourishment and companionship.

A performance by Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook)