Multimedia artist Julie Wolfe’s exhibition, Arranging Proximity, encompasses three bodies of work. Pieces from her series Seeing Again, Dream Sequel, and selected paintings on panel coalesce in neighboring themes, as these disparate bodies of work are conceptually linked, “taking up similar problems and exploring them in new material ways.” Wolfe’s practice approaches impermanence, uncertainty, and tension using tessellations of color and shape. These proximal associations possess qualities which “demonstrate the slippage between different modes of communication, making meaning out of chance and play as well as deconstructing traditional aesthetic conventions.”
In her representational work, Wolfe furthers her probe into the collective consciousness by meditating on the eye, encouraging viewers to consider and connect to experiences outside of their own. Seeing Again embraces the opportunity to look through the eyes of others. Each eye offers a unique story, perspective, and personality, united in the simple act of seeing — and responding. The work’s composite form brings these varying visions together by juxtaposing their physical distance or difference with their essential similarities. Ultimately, this series encourages viewers to visualize a shared sensory experience in a time of global spectacle and strife.
Julie Wolfe earned her BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, TX in 1986, and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1993. Wolfe has worked on projects based in Quito, Andorra, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, and throughout the United States. Her work can be found in notable institutions and museums, including The National Gallery of Art Library, The New York Public Library, and the Allen Memorial Museum. Her work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artnews, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, T Magazine, and BBC America. Wolfe is currently preparing for an exhibition that will travel to Uzes, Paris and Montpellier, France, and The Rothko Art Center in Latvia.