SVAVA THORDIS JULIUSSON
March 10 to April 8, 2017
OPENS March 10th - 7 to 10pm; RECEPTION Saturday March 18th - 2 to 5pm
Svava Juliusson’s studio practice is predicated on the immediate relationship between body and material – an intuitive process through which hands meet media, and resulting forms are made. In the act of making, tensions manifest between moments of control and those of chance, resulting in objects and images that appear at once both known and unrecognizable. Juliusson’s process is one of unrelenting material study. She makes work through deliberate acts of attaching, casting, grouping, binding, and breaking commonplace materials. Other times, her hand is more fluid, activating the performativity of media at points of interaction with the surface of things.
Piles includes a group of new sculptures that make visible trace forms of the ropes, wires, and commercial plastics from which they were made. Upon viewing, their persistent thingness pushes back with an object-based agency that serves to subvert our aesthetic-seeking gaze. Alongside them, a series of gestural monoprints drawn by inks that move fluid across surface, and in stillness, yield images that lead the eye in unexpected ways.