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​

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

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

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)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Some recent drawings.

These drawings, from the Coyote I Say project, were exhibited at Slag Gallery in July 2014 in a two-person show called Surf and Turf.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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

Really Large Numbers performed Whale Star at Artists Alliance, Inc. in New York City, D-Center in Baltimore, MD, and we will be performing it again on November 15 at Emerson-Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Florida.


Whale Star is a dreamy, musical performance by Really Large Numbers which takes place on board a sailing ship fashioned from a laboratory table. In this piece, The Captain (Chad Stayrook) and Figurehead (Julia Oldham) sing a duet about their shared pursuit to capture each others individual perception of a whale seen in both the sea and stars.

The Captain is tracking a whale in the sea, while his ship’s wayward Figurehead has fallen madly in love with the navigational star Mira, a point in the equatorial whale constellation Cetus. By day, the Captain records a ship's log revealing his confusion and conflicting desires as his navigational efforts are mysteriously thwarted. When night falls and the Captain sleeps, the Figurehead undoes all of his sailing progress in pursuit of her beloved whale star in the skies above.

This piece was developed during Really Large Numbers' residency with Artists Alliance Inc in the LES Studio Program during summer of 2014. Special thanks to The Clemente for their support of this performance.

From These Woods by Really Large Numbers (Julia Oldham and Chad Stayrook)

Really Large Numbers'  first solo exhibition, From These Woods, was at D-Center in Baltimore, MD this October--it was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Baltimore). Here is some information and some images from the show if you missed it! Read a review of the exhibition here: The Woods Are Not What They Seem by Ian MacLean Davis.

From These Woods
An Exhibition by Really Large Numbers (Chad Stayrook and Julia Oldham)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore @ D center Baltimore
Contact: icabaltimore@gmail.com 

From These Woods is an exhibition of projects, objects and ephemera from the Really Large Numbers laboratory, the creative expedition of multidimensional artists Chad Stayrook (Brooklyn, NY) and Julia Oldham (Eugene, OR). Stayrook and Oldham’s partnership began in 2011 when they encountered each other spontaneously as characters in dreams of mythic adventures. This dream thread led them inexorably to a collaborative relationship that combines science, fantasy and dream language to blur the boundaries between the Real and the Unreal.

The titular installation for this show is a series of animated videos chronicling the story of a deer who can travel through dreams. Originally inspired by the true story of a buck swimming from Jersey City to Governor’s Island in 2010, RLN reimagines the buck’s adventure as a celestial journey. The artists cast their own minds as the “islands” he moves between. The videos have a lively fairy tale structure. Each incorporates a mysterious, geometric teleportation device that allows the deer to move between realms and travel deeper and deeper into bizarre brainscapes.

This and other projects showcased at D center in October exemplify a persistent strategy of Really Large Numbers’ practice—fantastical interpretations of the natural world blended with empirical research of human relationships, communication structures, and symbols. From These Woods will be the first installation of Really Large Numbers work in Baltimore. Really Large Numbers created this work while participating in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space residency on Governor’s Island in Upper New York Bay, and Artists Alliance Lower East Side Studio Program in Manhattan. Their work is supported by the Oregon Arts Commission in Portland, OR.

D center Baltimore - dcenterbaltimore.com
D center Baltimore is a broad cross-section of disciplines and individuals invested in improving and encouraging design—in all its iterations—in the Baltimore region. D center’s members believe design thinking has the capacity to change the world and that banding together in creative collaboration will greatly improve the quality of urban life.

ICA Baltimore - icabaltimore.org
ICA Baltimore is a collaboration of volunteers working to stage contemporary art exhibitions in available spaces in Baltimore. From These Woods is the thirteenth exhibition by the ICA since 2011.

Here are a few stills from the From These Woods video triptych, which follows the adventures of a deer who can travel through dreams. Our videos are based on the true story of  10-point buck who swam from Jersey city to Governor's Island in 2010. We conceptualized this project while participating in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space residency on Governor's Island in New York, and completed the series while participating in Artists Alliance Inc. Lower East Side Studio Program in Manhattan.

And here are some of the drawings from our Diving Geometry series, which we exhibited in From These Woods as well.