New Works by JULIE EVANS @ JULIE SAUL GALLERY
MARCH 29 - MAY 5, 2007
Opening reception: Thurs.
March 29th 6-8 PM
The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of new gouache and acrylic paintings on paper and panel by New York artist Julie Evans. Her work brings together influences of contemporary Western abstraction with those of traditional, Eastern miniature painting, combing the most delicate patterning and layering with bold forms and swathes of intensely rich color. The work is deeply sensual and at the same time playful, suggesting both the spiritual and popular nature of ornamentation. They employ complicated palettes that pair those borrowed from traditional Indian miniatures with the brightness of fluorescent pinks and acidic greens, underscoring the double-mindedness of the work.
Evans works slowly and painstakingly, rendering delicate garlands and intricate mandalas, and filling large expanses of color with tiny, countless, vertical strokes. She creates ambiguous spaces within spaces that are at once both micro and macro in realm, keeping the viewer up close to these intimate works, but with the sense of their broader reach into place and time.
She has worked in India and Nepal, including travel and research supported by a Fulbright Scholarship studying with a master of Indian miniature painting. Critic Mario Naves wrote of Evans' work that she "creates vistas infinitely more expansive than the physical parameters of the paintings support. Clearly the conventions of Indian miniature paintings have become second nature to her."
Evans has been exhibiting her work extensively in both the US and abroad since completing her MFA at Brooklyn College in 1992. Her work is included in many private and public collections including the Rubin Musuem of Art, JP Morgan - Chase, the Progressive Corporation, US Trust Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
A catalog with 10 plates and an essay by critic Michael Duncan is available. For further information contact Lisa Fontana at 212-627-2410 or mail to email@example.com
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JULIE EVANS- These sumptuous little paintings lithely entwine dichotomies: East/West, pattern/depth, color/line, sensual/geometric. Evans's images begin with a tool grown dusty in many a basement and attic—the Spirograph. She spins her everyman mandalas with a pencil and sometimes painstakingly fills them in with vibrant flower-petal colors. She has worked in Nepal and India, and blends their rich traditions of patterning with the amorphously scraped color fields familiar from postwar abstraction, against which her lush curves, beads, and necklaces of paint coalesce into the flora of wondrous dreams. Julie Saul, 535 W 22nd, 212-627-2410. Through May 5.
New Works by JULIE EVANS @ JULIE SAUL GALLERY
Julie Evans is a New York City based artist who has exhibited her work extensively in the US and abroad. She is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, where in March 2009 she showed her most recent body of work, "Lesson from a Guinea Hen". Past solo and group exhibitions include those at The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, The Brattleboro Museum of Art, McKenzie Fine Art, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Irvine Contemporary, Moti Hasson Gallery, the William Benton Museum of Art, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Sears Peyton, and elsewhere. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art on Paper, Flash Art, TimeOut New York, The New York Observer, The Times of India and many other publications. For 10 years she held the position of Director of the Visual Arts Program at The New School in NYC, as well as being an adjunct professor and frequent visiting artist at many colleges and universities, including Rutgers University, Univ. of Connecticut, The Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, College of Charlotte - School of Art, and elsewhere. Evans is a recent recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to India and Nepal where she researched Indian miniature painting. She has attended Artists’ Residencies both in the US and abroad including Mac Dowell, Yaddo, Millay, Ucross, and Sanskriti Kendra (India). Recent projects include a print project at Tamarind Institute, leading a study abroad program to India for the Univ. of Conn., and co-curating an exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art for the 2005 Venice Biennale. Evans’ work is represented in over 200 private and public collections including The Rubin Museum of Art, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pfizer Inc., Progressive Corp., Citibank, the US Trust Corp, The Chambers Hotel and the Federal Reserve Bank.