Julie Graham: If it's not one thing

March 4 - 9, 2015

  • Julie Graham

    Intrusion, Mixed media on canvas on panel, 24 x 24 inches, 2014.

    Intrusion
  • Julie Graham

    Chevron, Mixed media on canvas on panel, 26 x 24 inches, 2014.

    Chevron
  • Julie Graham

    Imposition, Mixed media on canvas on panel, 24 x 26 inches, 2014.

    Imposition

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Kingston Gallery is pleased to show new work by Julie S Graham. This will be her first solo exhibition with the Gallery. In her work Graham is intrigued by the overlooked, the uncertain and the unpredictable.

The artist says: "We never know what's around the next corner - what will happen, or what we'll see. I'm always excited by the potential, which is sometimes disquieting, sometimes incomprehensible, and so often thrilling."

Her studio practice, which is intuitive and process based, mirrors the act of looking for those unforeseen moments. She constructs relationships with paint and materials to create improbable combinations and possibilities for colors and textures to randomly collide, forming surprising and odd relationships. Nonetheless, all of her work demonstrates tremendous integrity and rigor. Graham favors color combinations that are not intentionally designed, materials that are used purely out of functional need and shapes that appear from the history of their making.

She is attracted to places on "the other side of the tracks"- urban industrial areas, abandoned buildings, minimalist spaces and clustered housing in foreign lands. In particular, vernacular architecture draws her attention, as it reflects the character of local cultures and their indigenous materials.

In her current pieces presented here, the edge is often extended, literally and figuratively, sometimes with added dimension or an unraveling canvas. Mixed media is the best description for her materials, which includes acrylic, oil, plaster, spackle and wood. Graham embraces the pluralistic nature of contemporary painting, and as an abstract artist is indebted to the traditions of Arte Povera, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Supports/Surfaces. But mostly, she just paints.