Monday, June 27, 2016

Field Studies at Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York

Zachary Fabri, still from Mim Andar Avenida Canadá (I Walk Avenue Canada), single channel video, 2010

Field Studies Curated by Andrew Prayzner and Naomi Reis
July 8 – August 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 6-9pm 

BROOKLYN, NY – TSA is pleased to present Field Studies, a group exhibition featuring 
the work of Terry Adkins, Emilie Clark, Zachary Fabri, Rachel Frank, Matthew Jensen, 
Julia Oldham and Lina Puerta.

The work in this exhibition stems from the spirit of the explorer, the investigator and seeker – taking the studio outside to activate space, and allowing curiosity and chance to shape outcome. In these Field Studies, rather than using the scientific method of applying systematic experiments to test a predetermined thesis, the artists use rigorous methods to offer glimpses of alternate realities and otherwise invisible realms of knowledge.

In Mim Andar Avenida Canadá, Zachary Fabri uses choreographed movements to create lyrical dances with dust in an industrial landscape, “recording red dirt as data onto handmade clothes, which served as an analog recording device.” Emilie Clark reimagines herself as the pioneering American chemist Ellen H. Richards by replicating her aquaponic studies in Sweet Corruptions. Lina Puerta uses found materials in her Untitled basket series to explore ideas of entropy in nature versus human activity through material and beauty; Julia Oldham’s The Timber* video series features the artist in uncanny mimicry of insect behavior in their natural habitats, while Matthew Jensen wanders through interstitial public land, collecting photographic imagery of overlooked places and found objects as he goes. Shown for the first time in New York City, Terry Adkins’s video Roost (2001) depicts him as John Brown’s ghost at Lake Alice in Gainesville, FL, a site where he posits Brown and his supporters could have celebrated had their efforts been successful. Rachel Frank’s Mylodon, Pleistocene Era Ground Sloth brings the extinct ground sloth back to life, a lone figure foraging in a primordial forest unmarred by human activity.  

* “The Timber
” (2008-2009) was commissioned by Art in General

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Loneliest Place in Art Journal

I'm so delighted to announce the Spring 2016 issue of Art Journal, the College Art Association's seasonal publication, includes my graphic story The Loneliest Place as well as cover art by me. So exciting!

The Loneliest Place is the story of a researcher and her robotic dog collaborator as they venture through time and space to learn the secrets of a black hole. As they embark on separate journeys--one into space and away, and one collecting data in a laboratory on earth--they navigate love, loss and relativity. The piece is wonderfully peer reviewed by astrophysicist Dr. Roban Kramer, and the issue's editor is art historian Dr. Rebecca Brown.

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​

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!